Proud to be an American!!! Veterans Day - Remembering all who served & still serving!!!

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Veterans Day


November 11th is a Federal holiday, in which it has been called Veterans Day. Veterans Day shouldn't be the only day to be a proud American and to honor Veterans.  We should be proud every day and honor these men and women every day. If you don't know the true history on how Veterans Day was founded, please read this from Wikipedia : Veterans Day

I have been very fortunate to have never lost anyone close to me during War time or even during 911. My thoughts and prayers go out to those loved ones lost during these emotional times.  For many of you that know me, I am very passionate about our Country, who we are as a Nation, and for what we stand for. I have had the pleasure of serving in the US. Army for 2 years and I will never forget that part of my life. I was stationed at Ft. Stewart, Ga, from 1986 to 1988.




Over the years here on Active Rain, I have read many Verterans Day posts and I wanted to share some with you. Some share some very good stories and are very touching. Some of these posts are tributes to the men & women that have served, both past and present  :



In our busy lives today, take at least 5 minutes and reflect, thanking those that served us, keeping us free and out of harms way. Thank a Veteran today... and if you know of any, please pass this post onto them.







Never Seen Before WWII Movie Footage | Happy Veterans Day by Colleen Lane   11/11/08


Let us remember, and let us never forget  by Tom Braatz  11/11/08


Respect Our Veterans  by Paul Slaybaugh  11/11/08


We should not trivialise this day. Too many have given too much and we should never forget that.  by John Guiney  11/11/08


FROM A VETERAN - A Box of Letters!  by Dean Moss  11/11/08


At the same time   by Susan Mangigian  11/11/08


Veteran's Day  by Christopher Pike  11/11/08


Thank You Veterans   by Richard Bell   11/11/08


Salute our Veterans   by Pat Starnes   11/11/08


A Tribute and A Prayer   by Joan Whitebbok   11/11/08


Honoring Our Veterans   by Jill Barnett  11/11/08


Gaithersburg Veteran's Day Celebration  by Audrey June-Forshey  11/07/08


Remembering Our Heroes!  by Melissa Devitt   11/10/08


My family of Veterans Remembered...   by Sara Homan  11/11/08


Happy Veterans Day 2008  by Donald Bradbury  11/11/08


Happy Birthday Video.  by Abi Montes 11/10/08


The Moving Wall: A Replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial  by Abi Montes  11/06/08


Veterans Day! Do not forget why we have the freedom to write here  by Simon Conway  11/11/08


My American Hero - Don't Forget Veteran's Day November 11th - Photos Attached   by Kristina Pratt  11/05/08


The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month ~ Thank You!!  by Alisha Harrison  11/10/08


Semper Fi / Today Is The 233 Birthday Of The Marine Corps  by William Archambault  11/10/08


Stopped in My Tracks! God Bless America.  by Marlene Pellegrini

Veterans Day, November 11th   by Missy Caulk  11/11/08


Happy Veteran's Day  by Alan May  11/10/08

Armistice Day - My Grandfather was There   by Margaret Woda  11/10/08


Saluting All Veterans! Thank you for your service!  by Jim Dvorovy  11/10/08


Veteran's Day Reflection   by Marion Franke  11/11/08


REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS TODAY   by Dawnmarie Hatfield   11/11/08


IN-FORMATION reflection for Veteran's Day  by Mara Hawks   11/11/08


We Salute You   by Jim & Maria Hart  11/11/08


Happy Veteran's Day Daddy, I love you!   by Tammy Lankford   11/11/08


A Veteran's Day without Dad    by Amy Jones    11/11/08


My 100th Post - To My Dad, My Son & My Brother On Veterans Day  by Donna Bigda   11/11/08


Veteran's Day Remembered     by Sandy Reid  11/11/08

I'm thinking of my dad today!     by Pat Tasker    11/11/08

About me   by Russ Ravary    11/11/08


VETERANS DAY 2008       by Jeff & Lisa Sellers    11/11/08


A day to Remember in Hampton Roads Va    by Brady Howard   11/11/08


My Marine   by Lauri Bessey   11/11/08


Thank A Veteran Today!  by Debbie Malone  11/11/09


Thank You Veterans ~ We Honor Your Memory  by Dorie Dillard   11/10/09


Veterans Day Memories- Dad & surviving friend Dick Winters  by Bob Horning  11/11/09


Thoughtful Thursday- No Need For Words on Veterans Day 2010  by Cindy Jones 11/11/10 - Awesome video


{{{Hug a Vet Today}}}  by Richard Iarossi  11/11/10


Never forget the ones who didn't come home.  by Marian Goetzinger 11/11/10 - one of the best stories that I have ever read... A must read...




If anyone has a post that is related to Veterans Day for today or anything to help our men & women overseas for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays, please supply the link in the comments below and I will add them in this post.  Thanks


How To Support The Troops: 101 Ways to Show Support For Our Soldiers and Veterans!  By : Taylor Shults  11/11/09


My Thoughts :  In my humble opinion, so many of us say that we should thank those that have served our country on Veteran's Day and on Memorial Day.  I say that we should thank a Veteran no matter what day it is, 365 days out of the year. There should be no shame in this.  I thought this post by Pat Starnes is a great way to say thanks to those that have served. Please read : Salute our Veterans


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Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Great blog. The post I just did was more of a rant. Yours has a much more mellow tone.

Nov 10, 2010 05:34 PM #1
Brad Rachielles
CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453 - Upland, CA

Both yours and Jon's are appreciated.

Nov 10, 2010 05:51 PM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Jeff, As a Vet, I appreciate the post and the information.

Nov 10, 2010 10:37 PM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Jeff, As a Vet, I appreciate the post and the information.

Nov 10, 2010 10:37 PM #4
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Jeff, I never lose sight of this day in my prayers for all veterans do and the struggle they have in life afterwards.  1 out of 4 veterans are in the homeless community which is a devastating number that needs to be addressed by all communities and our government.  Thank you for this.

Nov 10, 2010 10:37 PM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Jeff, this is great. I love that you incorporated so many other posts to help express their and our gratitude towards those who have and are serving.  Thank you and have a blessed day.

P.s I will be going back to the comment I left to correct the placement haha thanks for the email :)

Nov 10, 2010 11:50 PM #6
Tim and Pam Cash
Crye-Leike (Sango) - Clarksville, TN
Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN

Jeff, wonderful tribute.  Thank you for not only your praise, but for your compilation of many great tributes as well as your support of and pride in our Country and our Armed Services.

Nov 11, 2010 12:37 AM #7
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Well put Jeff!


Nov 11, 2010 02:05 AM #8
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


I just wanted to thank everyone so far for the comments and for the kind words & compliments..


Nov 11, 2010 02:08 AM #9
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Jeff, we must always remember our freedom and those who fought for it.  Thanks for sharing this and the time you gave to our country.  Hope you are having a great day, this is a post that needs to be seen by everyone.  I have paused for more than 5 minutes today...I am a very reflective person :)

Nov 11, 2010 07:19 AM #10
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Jeff, You're awesome.  What a wonderful list :)  God bless America!

Nov 11, 2010 07:40 AM #11
Donna Bigda
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT
Greater New Haven CT Real Estate

Jeff - First of all thank you for your service.  Thank you too for putting together this wonderful tribute to our veterans.  I am honored to be mentioned. 

One year ago today my family said our good-byes to my brother who was deploying to Afghanistan.  Today I am very thankful as he is now on his way home!!

Nov 11, 2010 10:07 AM #12
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


Blushing some.. again, thanks for the comments...

@ Coop.. only if you make it to Philly... 

Donna... my pleasure on all accounts and thanks for the comment in regards to my service... thanks


Nov 11, 2010 12:14 PM #13
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Thanks for mentioning my post, Jeff.  Gosh this is quite a list.  It should almost be assembled into a book and published... each is so different and so touching.  I will be back to read the one's I haven't gotten to yet.  Thank you so much for doing this!

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