Thursday, November 11, 2010

honoring all who served

Today is Veterans Day, probably one of the most under-celebrated and under-appreciated holidays here in the US. While the banks will be closed and government workers will have the day off, most of us will go about our days as usual.  Most schools in my area do not even close in honor of Veterans Day.  I wonder how many people will stop to consider the significance of what today symbolizes?

I have no doubt that America is the greatest country in the world.  I am very thankful for the freedoms we have but I know that freedom isn't free.  Our freedom has been and continues to be fought for and secured by countless men and women who put their lives at risk every single day.  


If you've been around a bit, you know my son Matt is currently serving in the US Army and is deployed to Iraq. I thank God for his safety but I also thank God for his mind being sharp, for him staying alert and having good judgment when necessary.  There are not enough words for me to express my pride in what he is doing. It is more physically, mentally and emotionally challenging than anything I have ever done (or probably ever will do.) Yet, he and thousands of other soldiers do what they do everyday. 

Veterans Day isn't about politics... it's about honoring the men and women who stood in the gap for our country and what it represents.  I count it a great privilege to say there are veterans in every aspect of my life... my grandfather, my father, my fathers-in-law, my brother, my brother-in-law, uncles, cousins, friends, colleagues.  I'm thankful for these men every day but today, I'd like to especially thank them. 

To be a veteran, one must know and determine one's price for freedom.
Honoring all who served.  Thank you.


  1. Amen to that. Im off the explore your blog!!

  2. Firstly lovely to meet you and thank you for your visit to my blog earlier. This is beautiful post citymouse. My father was a military man all his life....he lived to serve his country and trained many fine men some of whom sadly lost their lives in various conflicts. I am fortunate enough to live near the National Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire UK where we have many monuments to the fallen and you can amble around on a quiet day and pay your own homage to those who fought for us. Love to you all and well done Matt. You must be very proud of him.
    You can see the arboretum at

  3. I was already thinking of you and your family this morning... what a beautiful post to find.

  4. I have today off because I'm a teacher. I am so thankful for our country's veterans....especially your son. I'll be thinking of him today.

  5. Hi, just stopping by to let you know there is a little something-something waiting for you over at my blog today!

  6. After your kind words about my own Remembrance Day post I wanted to show my appreciation for your own post for this important day.

  7. Thanks to your son, Matt. My husband is also serving, although not overseas at current time. Thank you for such a beautiful post!

  8. Thank you to your son and thank you to you for raising a young man who believes in freedom and fights for it- for him, his family and the future generations.
    Thank you!!!!!


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