Happy Veterans Day – 11-11-2014

US.Flags cross_Memorial.DayOn the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice went into effect and fighting ceased between the Allied Nations and Germany.  World War I was then finished.   It was called the war to end all wars.

Then in November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Thus Veterans Day was born.  Happy Veterans Day to all of those amazing and brave men and women who serve our country. I want to say thank you to all of the men and women who have served in uniform or are still serving.  You make it possible for me and my family to live and enjoy our freedoms promised by the U.S. Constitution.  For that, I will always be grateful.

Not only are those being shipped away to be honored, but all the families who are left behind to carry on.  I am in awe of those families who have a member deployed for one year.  That is such a long time and so much happens.  I feel for and pray for those families and hope everyone will return home safely again.

Those in the service certainly know what true sacrifice is.  Some give their lives, others give their health, their bodies, and their time.  May we not take them for granted.

A few quotes for Veterans Day:

  • “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”  ~ José Narosky
  • “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  ~ Elmer Davis
  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”  ~ Michel de Montaigne
  • “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”  ~ Maya Angelou
  • “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.  It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”  ~ G.K. Chesterton
  • “Freedom is never free.”  ~ Author Unknown

I wonder if on this Veterans Day, I will truly understand and appreciate all the amazing things that our military men and women do for us?  I plan to do just that and say thank you!

Happy Veterans Day

US.Flags cross_Memorial.DayHappy Veterans Day!  To our veterans, thanks so much for all you do.

Both you and your families sacrifice so much for our freedoms.  I cannot thank you enough for the amazing gifts you give us.

On this day, let’s remember and thank our veterans.  Because of these brave men and women, we have the freedoms that we can truly enjoy and I hope never take for granted.

The words of God Bless The USA say it so nicely:

I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me.

I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.  There ain’t no doubt I love this land. God Bless the USA.

A few quotes on Veterans:

  • “But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye.” ~Thomas Dunn English
  • “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”  ~Author unknown
  • “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”  ~José Narosky
  • “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  ~Elmer Davis
  • “Freedom is never free.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.  It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”  ~G.K. Chesterton

Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day!  Yesterday was Veterans Day -on November 11.  And, today is the holiday.

I want to say thank you to the men and women who are veterans and their families!  The sacrifices that you have made are amazingly generous!  I so appreciate you and your commitment to the United States of America.

Here are some words of one of my favorite songs by Lee Greenwood:

  • I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
  • And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me
  • And I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
  • Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
  • God Bless the USA.

Those words are in a nutshell what these brave men and women have done for us!  You rock.

A few quotes on Veterans:

  • “But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,Is their monument to-day, and for aye.” — Thomas Dunn English
  • “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.” —  Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler
  • “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” — José Narosky
  • This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  ~Elmer Davis