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:
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.
ODE TO VETERANS
by my mother
Have you survived the overflowing banks
Tramped the long road of summer to the end?
Withstood the heartbreak and chill all
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.