In Others’ Words: Veterans

Veterans Day 2013 Today we honor our veterans — the men and women who have served our country in the military: 

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Marines
  • Coast Guard

My husband is one of those veterans, and so are many of our friends. Some of our friends lost their lives while serving in the military — paying the ultimate sacrifice changed their families forever. The military community is just that — a community that cares for one another. I met a lot of heroes during the years we were a military family — service members, as well as the families supporting them. 

Thank you, veterans. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. America is a better country — a stronger country — because of your commitment. 

In Your Words: Who do you wish to thank on this Veteran’s Day? 

“Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” Click to Tweet

Who are you remembering on Veteran’s Day? Click to Tweet 

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  1. November 11, 2013, 4:27 am   /  Reply

    Please remember the paramilitary contractors, as well.

    They go willingly to the sound of the guns, motivated by patriotism and a desire to do something to make the world a bit better – and, yes, for money.

    A lot of them don’t come home, and some of them were my friends.

    • November 11, 2013, 6:34 am   /  Reply

      Thank you for the reminder, Andrew.

  2. November 11, 2013, 7:28 am   /  Reply

    Beautiful post, Beth. As a one-time military family, we know a number of people who were/are active duty. The people I would thank are my paternal grandfather, my father and FIL, one of my cousins served in Viet Nam and my brothers’ in law served. And friends who work supported active duty forces in their missions.

    Okay, there are a lot of people. 🙂

    • November 11, 2013, 1:39 pm   /  Reply

      We met when our husbands were both in the military, Jeanne.
      Just in case you forgot.

      • November 11, 2013, 2:05 pm   /  Reply

        Yes, yes, I remembered. 😉

  3. November 11, 2013, 8:30 am   /  Reply

    God bless our troops, both current and past. Thank you for ensuring my freedom. May God richly bless you for your ultimate act of patriotism, for sacrificing your own goals to make sure I can pursue mine.

    • November 11, 2013, 1:39 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you for such a heartfelt thank you to our veterans, Reba.

  4. November 11, 2013, 8:31 am   /  Reply

    I’d like to thank my wonderful daddy who is a veteran, as well as other family members and friends who are currently serving in the military. How much we’ve gained at the expense of their sacrifice!

    And I love today’s quote, Beth!

    • November 11, 2013, 1:40 pm   /  Reply

      I thank your father too. And yes, as a country we have gained so much because of our veterans’ sacrifices.

  5. November 11, 2013, 8:42 am   /  Reply

    We owe such a debt to those who serve. To stand at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC and find the names of friends who died for my freedom seems such a small thing to do, but I will never forget the sense of gratitude I felt that these men and women were willing to lay their lives down for freedom.

    • November 11, 2013, 1:40 pm   /  Reply

      I found the Viet Nam Memorial so impressive, Pat.

  6. November 11, 2013, 9:39 am   /  Reply

    I didn’t know your husband is a veteran, Beth. How proud you must be! Please thank him from me for his service. My dad, three uncles, a cousin and a niece have all served in the armed forces to defend the freedoms we hold dear. Today, I’m saluting them and all who have served!

    • November 11, 2013, 1:41 pm   /  Reply

      My husband was in the Air Force, Donna — and I am proud of him. He served because he felt called to serve — called by God.

  7. November 12, 2013, 10:22 am   /  Reply

    What a wonderful tribute, Beth. God bless our veterans! May we never take for granted their sacrifices, or stand aside while people rob us of the freedoms may have paid the ultimate price for.

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