To Our Veterans, A Heartfelt Thanks

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Today we honor those men and women who have served our country to the betterment of all our lives. You might not agree with me on that and that's fine, it's your opinion, but I sincerely believe we have our freedoms due in large part to our military.

I just want to give a shout out to my father who served in the Army for many years and to my sister Karla who gave 25 years to the Air Force, retiring as a Major. Thank you.

We live near Camp Pendleton and every time I drive to Disneyland, I pass tanks or helicopters out on maneuvers. Don't think for a second that I don't see the irony of the situation. Each and every time I get misty eyed and I say a silent ‘thank you' to those men and women who risk their lives so I have the freedom to take my kids to Disneyland.

And to those in covert operations? Words cannot express my gratitude to you for living your lives in secret, doing the things we really don't need to know about. Piper Bayard‘s writing partner Holmes is one such individual and if you haven't been to their blog, you should check it out. Holmes just did a post about the Berlin Wall that gives a personal perspective I've never heard before.

Debra Kristi never forgets our heroes as she honors her father and grandfather on her blog today.

If you've ever seen someone wearing a red poppy, but didn't know the significance of it, check out Patricia Sands' blog. She wrote a lovely post on not only the meaning of the flower, but the history behind it.

It isn't just the Veterans who deserve a huge Thank You on this day, it's also the wives and family members who stay home and try to keep some semblance of normalcy while their loved ones are away. To them, I say, Thank You.

At 11:11 this morning I will observe two minutes of silence for our Veterans. I hope you'll join me.

8 thoughts on “To Our Veterans, A Heartfelt Thanks”

  1. patriciasandspatriciasands

    Well said, Tameri, I agree wholeheartedly. This day is not about how we feel about war but rather about honouring all of the men and women who serve their country in time of war. They deserve our respect and thanks.

    November 10, 2011
  2. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    Lovely Tameri. I have passed by Camp Pendleton many times. The last time was on the train on the way to CC. I sat next to an ex-soldier. He had several stories to share during the ride that made me very sad. Oh, the things the service men and women and their families endure. Bless them. Setting my alarm for 11:10.

    November 11, 2011
  3. Angela Orlowski-PeartAngela Orlowski-Peart

    My Dad and Grandpa have been in the Polish military and my husband’s Dad served in the US Navy. I have a lot of respect for those who protect and serve our country. We owe them so much.

    November 11, 2011
  4. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    I come from an Army family – three generations and counting and I’m very, very proud of our soldiers past and present. Freedom isn’t free, especially not for the soldiers and their families. I too say thank you in every way possible.

    November 13, 2011

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