Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hail to the Veterans today


Today is Veteran’s Day and I wish to add my tribute to all who have fought for our country. These soldiers and sailors and marines and air force men and women have earned our respect and gratitude. Two of my brothers served during that war, one in the South Pacific for four years. My husband is also a veteran of that war and served for four years in England, France and Germany. So Veteran’s Day is important to me. However….

The first Veteran’s Day I remember was when we lived in Ironwood, Michigan. We had just moved there from Illinois and it was my first day in the new school in the new town. The observance was for veterans of WW1 and the war seemed long ago as this was 1935. I had just turned 10 years old. I was in the Seventh Grade (skipped a couple) and I can still feel the churning in my stomach as we walked single file into the auditorium. A tall girl named Carol had been assigned to be my buddy and of course we were directed to the front row. I was so nervous and so upset already but when the trumpets sounded right in front of me, I lost it and threw up all over me and Carol. Needless to say, Carol didn’t like me much after that.

Today we are engaged in two other wars. They are a little unlike the first and the second World Wars and the wars in Korea. Guerilla warfare make our superiority in nuclear power useless and the wars seem to not get anywhere. I hope that soon we can have peace again and the men and women can come home again soon.

I hope those of you who have close ones in the service come home safely.

10 comments:

Bernie said...

Bernie, I too wish we could learn to live together in peace, no wars as these latest wars have resolved nothing....there is good and bad in our world today and I pray the good will always overcome the bad and all of soldiers come home safely to their families....:-0 Hugs

Anita said...

Well said, Bernie.
What a blessing it is to live in this country and to have a history of men and women risking and giving their lives to defend us.

Thanks for sharing your childhood memories and for the recognition of Veteran's Day.

Gail said...

Peace shall reign one day...until then we honor those who have served and are serving.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

How proud you must be of your husband. He is one of the last of living WW2 vets. Reading all his letters from overseas lets us in on how young he was to have experienced all placed before him. I hope he was honored today.

Wanda said...

Appreciated your post Bernie, hate war but so thankful of the soldiers and the freedoms we have!

GooseBreeder said...

May we live in peace in our lifetimes.

Deb Shucka said...

A thoughtful tribute. I always enjoy reading your memories.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Hi Bernie - thanks for visiting my blog. Nice to meet you - we must get acquainted. I shall put you on my blog list now. Have a good weekend.

Cindy Beck said...

Very nice post. Thanks for your wonderful thoughts.

Oh, and thanks, too, for stopping by my blog and commenting!

Anonymous said...

It is certainly right

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