Sunday, November 11, 2007

May We Never Forget

Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day in every free country, it's a day to remember those who served and those who gave the supreme sacrifice for our many freedoms.  Military service goes back away's in my family...my paternal grand father served in WWI, my dad in WWII and my son was in the Air Force during Desert Storm.  Thankfully my son served stateside except for a short time he was sent to England.  My dad served in a railroad battalion in Italy, Sicily, France and North Africa.  He continued in his civilian job in the U.S. Army as a train dispatcher in those locations.  I have no details about my grandfather's military service, just pictures of him in his uniform and the Bible that was given to him when he went off to serve.

All of my family members came home, safe.  Today we remember all veterans, those past and present.  We thank the ones who are with us still and we honor those who didn't come home.  Hundreds of thousands from all peace loving countries.

I've had the privilege of working with nurses who were in the military and served in Viet Nam. Their life over there was no picnic.  In the United States women have been serving in the military since the American Revolution.  I read in one report that there are almost 2 million women veterans in our country. I know here in my area, I live so close to an Air Force base and there are many women pilots flying those big cargo planes over my house.

We must also remember the 4 legged veterans. The United States started training dogs for the war effort in 1942.  They were used extensively in WWII, the Korean conflict, Viet Nam, Desert Storm  and even today, they presence is seen in places like Iraq and Afganistan.

May we all pause for a moment in the next couple days and remember what these brave men and women have done for us.............Linda

12 comments:

gaboatman said...

We owe so much to our veterans.  Yes, I will be taking time to remember our Vets over the next couple of days.  Nice entry.
Sam

jeanno43 said...

Like you my family was in the military, going back generations. Maternal Grandfather in WW1 was badly gassed. Paternal uncles also served in that conflict and one suffered badly after being taken prisoner, Dad served in WW2 as did uncles, one on the Russian Convoys.  Brother fought in the Korean war. Our family was lucky, they all came home although some were never as they had been before.  We remember today all those who lie in foreign fields, those with no known grave.  It was nice of you to remember the dogs.  Also remember thousands of horses perished in the first war in appalling conditions.  God bless all our troops serving today.

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jlocorriere05 said...

My father was also in North Africa, Italy and Sicily serving with the Eighth Army ( Desert Rats). He would never talk of his experiences there. I think it was all too horrific for him, he was such a gentle man. Let's not forget all those who fought and are still fighting today. Bless them. Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels  

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))Just reading your beatiful entry made me want to cry.I lvoe seeing the pixs.Thank you fro sharing your entry with me.We all have to remember what they all do for us.HAve a nice Sunday.

sugarsweet056 said...

Beautiful entry. TY!!!
Sugar

pharmolo said...

We should not forget

wwfbison said...

Wonderful entry and sentiments Linda.
Lisa

jeadie05 said...

Great entry Linda ,I wonder where in England your son was stationed ..love Jan xx

jvbutterfly said...

My thanks goes out to all who serve and to all who have given their lives for me...June

ktkamanski said...

What a wonderful tribute to all who have served ~ Thank you for sharing a part of you! Take care and enjoy your Today!
Katie
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breakaway1968 said...

Very interesting!  Thanks for sharing...my dad served in WW II and it was scarey.  When he got back home he started drinking heavily.  We all wondered what he had to endure over there!  He did go to AO now and is a recovered alcoholic :)  Man what those people go through for our freedom huh~!   Good bless them!

mariealicejoan said...

Oddly enough I have never had a family member serve during a war, which is quite strange I think.  I do take time on the 11th to remember our fallen heros though.  I am ever grateful for all that they sacrificed, and still do sacrifice,  to uphold our freedoms.
Marie
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