Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day 2009

I'd like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all vets and their families, especially ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Special prayers to the families and friend of the soldiers recently fallen at Ft. Hood.

Joy

6 comments:

Misty November 11, 2009 at 6:05 AM  

As a military wife I can say that the events that unfolded at Ft. Hood have reverberated throughout the military community. This devestating tragedy reinterates the idea that we never know which day or breath will be our last. As is the scope with most tragedies.
It boggles the mind that a man who once said that he loved his country and wanted to serve in the military would commit such a terrible act. I doubt we will ever find the true reason for his actions. There are no excuses.
As for veterans if you see a person who has served or is serving say thank you! I cant tell you how much it has meant to my family when people approach us and thank my husband for his service.
Volunteer at a VA hospital, these brave men often past their prime have mostly been forgotten. Giving them a few minutes of precious time is a great gift to them and OH the stories they can tell.
If your still unsure of how to celebrate veterans day I suggest one last thing. Donate Blood. Our soldiers shed it every day and while there is no guaruntee that your blood will go to a service member you can be sure it will help to save someones life!
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and takes the time to reflect on the fact that freedom comes with a price paid by our brave men and women overseas.

Misty November 11, 2009 at 6:08 AM  

This is a poem I wrote shortly after the war on terror began I just wanted to share:

The Soldier
He marched forward his weapon in hand,
his feet dragging along in the sand.
Three days without food or sleep,
to tired and weary to even weep.
His mind wanders off to the last fight,
his comrade lay wounded just to his right.
Bullets were flying,there are dead all around,
his buddy closed his eyes, he made no more sound.
A screamed order in the present brought his mind back,
"Get down we're under attack!"
The return fire didnt last long,
a few rounds later the enemy was gone.
He looked on in horror at the field of the dead,
this soldier couldn't cry he just shook his head.
He helped gather our wounded, the enemies too,
wiped the blood from his hands and continued on the move.
They finally stopped to rest and eat,
this soldier was weary after days on his feet.
With a picture of his family upon his breast,
he layed down, covered up, and closed his eyes to rest.
He thought all night about his wife, kids, and friends,
he wondered if he'd ever see them again.
The soldier clung tight to his sweet memories,
he knew he was fighting to keep them all free.
The soldier drifted off finally to rest,
a picture of his family held at his breast.
He awoke to an explosion,
they were under attack.
He felt no pain, the world just went black.
His wife was home when she got the call.
Tears welled up, she began to ball.
"Mommy whats wrong?" the children cried.
She could say nothing, just hugged them and sighed.
"It's ok daddy's alive!"
The soldier opened his eyes,
after three days.
He was in the hospital he began to pray.
The soldier thanked god
for saving his life,
and bringing him home to his children and wife.
His wife entered the room,
and they embraced.
They talked about the challenges they both had faced.
A week later the soldier was released,
in the streets all he heard were cries for peace.
Reporters were all around his home,
his patience was put to the test.
He commented then to the press,
that despite all the things he had seen in this war,
he was proud of the cause that he had fought for.
Never would he hang his head in shame,
even though he was forever changed.

Gerri Russell November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM  

Misty,

Thank you so very much for stopping by today and sharing your insights as well as your heartfelt poetry.

I'm keeping all our servicemen and women, including your husband, in my thoughts and prayers today.

Linda Henderson November 11, 2009 at 3:45 PM  

I am so grateful to all the men and women who serve and who have served in the past. THANK YOU !

librarypat November 11, 2009 at 9:49 PM  

I am glad that the attitude towards the military and their families has changed since Viet Nam. It is hard enough to deal with being separated, having to be both mom and dad to the kids, and handle all the family decisions alone. You don't need the situation we had back then where we were treated like the enemy. They are not the ones responsible for the war or the direction it is taking. Those people are safely in Washington, DC. Because there are so many Guard and Reserve troops involved, the public is more aware of the impact this whole situation has on the soldiers and their families.
The military community is very special. It is an incredible family to belong to and for most of us, is cherished long after leaving it.

EmilyBryan November 12, 2009 at 4:15 AM  

Let me add my voice to the chorus of "Thank You's." Our warriors make tremendous sacrifices and so do their loved ones. God bless you all.

Cindy Holby

Gerri Russell

Joy Nash

Bonnie Vanak

Emily Bryan

C.L. Wilson

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