Before You Go

Before You Go, a Tribute to our aging veterans.

For my Grandpa T., who served in WWI, and Uncle Doug who served in the Korean War.

Do you have friends or family members who have served in wars to protect our country and our national and individual freedoms? If so, be sure to thank them today. Perhaps a phone call, a letter, a small gift to convey your gratitude.

From our local Veteran’s Day Parade:

Veterans in the parade

From my blog post from Veterans Day last year:

I remembered an old poem my mom wrote, and rummaged around this morning and thankfully found it. Her father was a WWI veteran. He spent the last decade of his life confined to a wheelchair, the result of mustard gas from the war. My grandpa died before I had the chance to meet him. But, thanks, Grandpa.

by my mother

Have you survived the overflowing banks
of spring?
Tramped the long road of summer to the end?
Withstood the heartbreak and chill all
autumns bring?
Seen winter come, and still have breath to

Then I salute you, veteran of earth’s day.
You who have flown from dawn to set of sun.
Soon you will rise beyond the Milky Way
The toast of all in heaven, the long race won.

Also, you may want to look at my post on the Veterans History Project; here is an excerpt:

Would you like to participate in the Veterans History Project? The Library of Congress is collecting oral histories of veterans or civilians involved in war efforts. You can help by contributing a story or conducting an interview! With over 1,000 war veterans dying each day, the time is now to capture their stories and the valuable lessons to be learned from their personal accounts of their war experiences.

America, please honor your veterans. Remember. Give thanks. Understand that the freedoms we hold dear were paid for, and the price was very high.

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7 Responses to Before You Go

  1. amydeanne says:

    Great tribute!

    (and yes, loved the floor before.. it was really pretty.. I was sad to see it go (and it was only a year old!)

  2. Funkiplanet says:

    Thanks for the post. I’m going to call my brother who served in Iraq.

    Link for the radio show on Mondays is: or

  3. Becky says:

    Great tribute!

    We have definitely paid the price for our freedom. And continue to do so.

  4. e-Mom says:

    Thanks for taking the time to do this post, Jennifer. (Love the motorcycle pic!)

    AND I like your new blog header. Artist’s name? (Van Gogh?)

    Hugs, e-Mom

  5. My husband is an Army Ranger and I showed him the tribute. Thank you so much for posting this!


  6. Jen says:

    e-Mom, you got it, it’s Van Gogh, Farmhouse in Provence. One of my favorites. :-)

  7. tipper says:

    I am thankful to all those who served and all who serve now. Your mother’s poem is lovely!

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