Monday, November 11, 2013

God Bless Our Veterans Today And Everyday

I am ashamed that I don't
always think about what the cost
is for my freedom.

I don't always think about
the person that laid
down their life so that
I can enjoy the freedoms
this country allows.

I don't always think about
the day-to-day struggles that
some of our veterans must deal with...
the physical, emotional, spiritual end
of it.

I do think about my Father,
a vet of WWI (yes-WWI)-
He was a young man in the service
and an old man when I was born (53).

I do think about my Uncle Samuel,
that fought in the Korean War~
but I don't ever remember him
mentioning it.

I do think about my foster brother, Gene,
that was part of the Vietnam war years...
the war that wasn't a war,
or so they say.

I do think about my nephew, Scott,
that suffered permanent damage
when he was fired on as
he guarded one of
Sadam's palaces.

And, I do think about a man
that has a blog..
A man that I met in my blog travels...
you know when you hit that
Next Blog button on the top..
This is a man that gave it all
for his country...
and is now but a shadow
of his former self, on the outside..
Inside- he is a fighter of the
greatest magnitude.
I have a soft spot for 
Kurt The Krippled Warrior.
He lives a hard life but asks
for no pity or sympathy.

Today, I hope  to
raise a salute to every man or woman
that fights for all of us.
God Bless Our Veterans
and those that are serving
our country today.

Without you- we have no hope.
your photo name


Tessa~ said...

I don't think any of us, remember enough... We, not personally touched by such sacrifice.

So, we can try, today...


The Refeathered Roost said...

Beautifully said, Diana. Amen!

Jettie said...

Thank you for a beautiful post about our HEROS.

Nellie said...

Beautiful post, Diana. xo Nellie

sweetvintageofmine said...

AMEN...beautifully said.....My father and father-in-law were Korean War Veterans..... Oh how I wish they were both here to be honored

Kathy said...

This is a very thought provoking post. I'm married to a veteran and see his struggles every day so I know how hard it is for so many people. I hope we never forget how much so many people gave up for us.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

yes, we always need to be grateful for our freedom and remember the peole who fought and the ones that are in the frontlines today.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

H served in the Vietnam war..he's my hero! Thank you for a beautiful post....hugs, Penny

Linda said...

Very thoughtful post, thanks!

Susie said...

Diana, Thank you for your beautiful tribute to our vets. I remember my 2 dads and my uncles and brothers. All the services.xoxo,Susie

Stephanie said...

Thank you for this, Diana. I am like you and often forget about the high cost of our freedom and I am ashamed I don't think of it more often. My heart is full of gratitude for these men and women.

Tete said...

You so nailed it today, thank you, Kurt and all the others who gave their time, and sometimes life.

camp and cottage living said...

Amen, Diana.
We can never really know the true cost, but we can at least show our appreciation and thanks.
Your post has done that.

Patty Patterson said...

I not only think of the Military Veterans, but I also think of all of the private security servicemen who work to ensure our soldiers are safe. Now they're sending private security contractors into the most dangerous places. That prevents the loss of soldiers. When they lose a private security contractor they don't have to pay death benefits and the statistics of war look mush better on paper. Yet - lives are still being lost. They just aren't listed as casualties. It's sad. I wonder if our government will ever be trustworthy again? I certainly have lost faith in it in recent years.

Dewena Callis said...

I loved reading about your family's veterans, Diana, and this blogger you wrote about. I love all the stories. I had so many uncles who were veterans and my father, all gone today but he came safely home from their wars, at least physically. Who knows in what ways wars change a man or woman.

We must never forget them. We must never repeat the way our Vietnam vets were treated when they came home.

Gayla said...

Wow! A touching and so-true post. You certainly made me stop and think a little. And I needed to do that.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

This post made me cry Diana...Beautifully said my friend!

Beth said...


Julie Marie said...

Beautiful heartfelt post Diana... adding my thoughts and prayers to yours this Veterans Day... xoxo Julie Marie

Attic Clutter said...

Beautifully put Diana(:)
so true
thanks on my snowkids
hugs...patty said...

I think I remember or is a reminder more so. When I see that commercial of the young soldier who came home with only one leg. His wee daughter is like two and she is at the kitchen with her daddy and sometimes up in his arms. Then there is another daughter and the innocent of sweet daughter. Going under his one leg like London bridges. Then the one daughter unless it is her grown up. Says. I help my daddy walk.

The wife crying.I thank everyone for your love and support. I could not do it with out you.

Then it really, really hits me other then today.

Thank God for the Sevice the men gave for your country Di amd ours.


NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I so agree with all your statements here; my Uncle was in WW2 and near the concentration camps. He came back forever changed, addicted to alcohol-I think to dull the pain of the emotional scares. I think of my hubbies friends who came home from Vietnam, to face those who ignorantly ridiculed them-I'm ashamed to say I was one, so now I thank them whenever I get the chance.
Powerful post my friend.
Hugs, Noreen

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. I am so happy to see that my blogging sisters are honoring our service men and women. WHO give us the Land of the FREE and they are the BRAVE> xoxoxoxox hugs my beautiful friend. Have a blessed rest of the week

Connie said...

Hello Diana, this is a very special post . . . I repeat what you left on my blog . . . A Big Amen! Freedom isn't free and we need to always remember those who stand up and fight for us.

Celestina Marie said...

Beautiful Diana, We are so thankful and so blessed by the men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.
Keeping them all, past and present in our prayers.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Missy George said...

Well said Diana..lovely post

Gypsy Heart said...

Well said...and so very true! The horrors of Iraq and A'stan are constant reminders for me as a volunteer for Soldiers Angels.
Besides being in harm's way 24/7, they are without the proper equipment, socks, boots that fit...even breakfast! Our filthy rich gov't has seen to stop their breakfasts. :(

I am so grateful that all my uncles came home safely from WWII, the kid's dad from Korea and my ex from Vietnam.

Thank you for sharing your sweet sentiments my friend!


Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

This was so touching, Diana. <3

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Diana, what I like best about your blog posts is that you always write honestly.

Beautiful words of respect for those that have served.


Junkchiccottage said...

This is a beautiful post Diana and I do not think enough about the hero's that keep us free and safe. Good thing to think about everyday.

living from glory to glory said...

Thank You for giving honor, where honor is due!
I also loved the photos...
I have such sweet memories of living on Lake Michigan as a child. Have a blessed week!
Hugs, Roxy

Suzan Sweatman said...

Amen Diana - I just finished saying to John - how sad that we only honor them once a year...........
I am in awe of their bravery -
and humbled beyond belief when I hear their stories.
And I will forever have a very grateful heart.

Maureen Wyatt said...

You must be very proud of your family members that have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom! I thank each and every one of them.

Melanie said...

Very well said Diana, without them we have no hope!!!

Richella Parham said...

Such a beautiful post, Diana. You said what needed to be said! We ALL need to remember.

Jann Olson said...

So many have sacrificed so much for our freedom. I don't think we can ever do enough to repay them.

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

Hi there sweetie! How are you! Been missing you and life has been crazed...wanted to drop by and say hi and send a hug!

chateau chic said...

Wonderful post!!
Mary Alice

Red Rose Alley said...

There are so many people you think about on this day, Diana. My brother-in-law went to Vietnam, and was one of the only ones in his platoon to return home. Mother-in-law didn't sleep at all until he came home. It's so nice of you to mention Kurt the Krippled Warrior.