Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Honoring our soldiers

Today is Veteran's Day. Please remember to thank a vet for your freedom.

We can't forget the brave men and women who have served our country.

Nor will we forget the ones who won't be coming back.

Thank you to our veterans.

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

For an amazing photo tour of Ardennes American Cemetery in Liege, Belgium, where Don's uncle is buried, see this post.


  1. Patrice - thanks for the posting and also the link to your 2011 post with photos of Don's uncle's burying place. It makes me think of the poem "In Flanders Field" when you spoke of the enormity of lives lost during that time.

  2. My fireplace mantle hosts my father's flag, handed to me this past August during my father's funeral service at a beautiful veteran's cemetery. My youngest son's is honored to have his other grandfather's flag. Though the day is grey and misty, I have posted the colors, an all weather flag my best friend sent me from Afghanistan this summer. My husband is allowing himself to sleep in today, a minor thing, but today is a day we celebrate his career in the military, his comrades, our family veterans and all those ordinary people who know what service to others truly is.
    For many of us, every day is veteran's day, but today is special.

  3. While we honor all vets, November 11 is still 'Armistice Day' to many of us old timers. November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” It honored our soldiers who brought peace to the world. November 11 was about peace. Remember peace?

    The Federal government renamed it Veterans Day after the unconstitutional Korean War. Ever since then veterans have fought and died in seemingly never ending unconstitutional wars. The Iraq ‘War’ is going into its 29th year with no end in sight. I honor the veterans who served.

    It is sad that America will soon have two generations which know of nothing but continuous war. So much shedding of innocent blood. Yet ask the typical man in the street, ‘How’s the war going?’. You will get a blank stare as if they are suffering ‘shell shock’. And maybe they are.

    Going forward I believe the best way to show our appreciation of our veterans is two-fold. First, end unconstitutional wars. Secondly, restore November 11 to ‘Armistice Day’ and the concept of peace and peace-keepers. God bless the peacemakers.

    Montana Guy

    1. Bravo! I was just about to leave a really cranky comment about Armistice Day; and the collective amnesia and brainwashing that morphed it into so called "Veteran's Day" - then I read your comment. Thank goodness there are still people out there who didn't drink the federal Kool-Aid and know about the horrors of WWI

  4. They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old,
    Age shall not weary them,
    Nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun,
    And in the morning,
    We will remember them.