Thursday, November 10, 2011


By the time this post hits, 
it will be Veteran's Day.
That is not a day that I am personally willing to forget
or let slip past unnoticed.

My dad served in the U.S. Air Force,
too late to be in WWII...
too early for Korea.
I am glad he was here to be my dad.

Papa, my mother's father
served in the U. S. Army in WWI...
where he lost a lung to mustard gas.
But he came home relatively safe...
and still managed to smoke roll your own
Bull Durhams into his 70s...
able to be my much, much loved "Papa".

The man also served
in the U.S. Army.

Like my father, 
he would have gone to war if called.
What would I  do without him?

I am grateful that they were not called to war,
yet very proud that they were willing.

Many have gone to war.
Many have come home
safe perhaps,
certainly changed by that experience,
if not changed physically.

Many have died.
You cannot give more than your life.
There is no price you can put on that huge offering.

Today at our house, 
we hang our flag with pride and gratitude...
our way of showing our respect
and our thanks...

to all who serve,

all who have served

and all who will serve...

May God bless them!


  1. Yep. My (similar) experience too, and well said. I'll be hanging our flag after the coffee kicks in.

  2. Very nice commendation to those who've served. Mine has not been a service family, which also makes me respect our service people for their sacrifices on our behalf.

  3. Much the same for most in my family, in that they served between wars. My Dad did some time during Korea, and my Stepdad, featured on my blog today, was wounded in WWII.

  4. What a loving tribute to our veterans.

  5. Cricket- Ha! I understand about the coffee. We've been thinking of using an outside spot light so that we can leave it on day or night.

    laura b.- Thanks. My ex's father wanted to serve but because he was a train engineer, the gov. said no... we need you here driving the trains.

    Suldog- I've been tied up with family all day, but I'm on my way over to read!

    Cube- Thank you!

    dmarks- Thank you too!