Veterans Day

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Real Estate Attorney with Bay Vista Realty BK671311

As I think about Veterans Day every year, I think about all of the things that it means to me.  You see, as a Veteran, it has taken me years to understand that this day is for folks like me. 
 
And while I celebrate today with my family, I don't think of it as my day.  I don't think of it as any special day other than a day to reflect and remember some of my troops and leaders, friends and family.  Those who went before me and those who will unfortunately go again after me. 
 
But primarily I think of today as any regular day because all of those that I am thinking of, thinking of what they gave, as I did and do, as just a regular day at the office.  Not for guts or Glory, not for the girls who love men in uniforms, (Well, sometimes) and not for the pay or education.  But just because. 
 
Because it is what our fathers did, and their fathers did.  Because it is what some of us must do. Because we can. 
 
But then there are those who go and never return, or so we think.  Well as a warrior, once was, and as an American, and as a father and husband and kid of a Warrior.  I can say, honestly say that we all return.  We are here among you.  If not in the flesh trying to teach others that it is our choice and duty to defend our nation.  We are in the soil and in the air, the water and the clouds.  We are in the flowers and the leaves, the wind and the rain.  We are all around you.  Not in the memorials or the monuments.  Not in the speeches or parades.  But in the freedom that we all enjoy.  Everything that is free to us is where we are.  WHY?
 
Why?  Because, we will never abandon our loved ones.  Our bodies may be on the shore of some forgotten beach or in a national cemetery.  On a numbered hill in Korea or Vietnam, or in a troop transport waiting to come home in Afghanistan or Iraq.  But our spirit, our undefeatable spirit is with our loved ones, here at home.  Here where we belong. 
 
So when a hero comes home, don't thank him for his service and go on about your daily lives until next year.  Thank God for him and do so every day that you can.  Maybe is was Your Father or Mother, husband or wife, son or daughter, friend, client, niece or nephew, neighbor or maybe just that tree in your front yard that was planted 60 years ago in memory of a fallen dad, long before you bought the house.  Somewhere in your circle there is someone that gave you your freedom. Maybe it is even you.  But I promise you that someone you know gave a little or a lot or maybe all.  So Find that person, if in name only and say a prayer of thanks for them because you have that freedom. 
 
 
That my dear friends is what today is to me.....FREEDOM
 
Gary De Pury

 

 

 

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Ann Cummings
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Thank you, Gary......for your service and for your post.  Our freedom is something to be thankful for every single day, not just on today, Veterans Day.

I wrote a post today on my own blog, honoring Veterans everywhere, including my dad and my grandfather.

Thank YOU for our freedom, for your service to our country.

Ann Cummings

Nov 11, 2006 10:39 AM #1
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Brian Brady
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I just got back from San Diego's Veterans Day Parade.  The theme this year was "Women in the Service".  My 5 year old daughter had an opportunity to meet a female Marine.  She asked me the other day if "girls can be Marines".

Of course, this "female Marine" happened to be a Brigadier General.  I guess that answered my daughter's question; she met the "Boss of the Marines" and she "was a girl".

What an outstanding role model.

Nov 11, 2006 10:52 AM #2
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S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
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Thank you, Gary, for putting your heart into this post and for writing it with the humility displayed by most veterans.

Great story, Brian.  It's nice to know that the "Boss of the Marines" is a girl.  I'm glad your daughter got a chance to meet her in person.

I, too, wrote a tribute that included a link to a wonderful poem that touched my heart.

Nov 11, 2006 11:17 AM #3
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Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
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Thank you Gary and to all you veterans and their families (for you sacrifice too) for helping to keep America free.
Nov 11, 2006 11:24 AM #4
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Thanks for the great post Gary.
Nov 11, 2006 12:02 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Great post Gary!  Thanks for honoring our Vets.  They deserve all the praise in the world!
Nov 11, 2006 12:25 PM #6
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David Love
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Great post. I dedicated my Radio Show to all Veterans today, giving updates and changes to VA loans. But you point out something more important. Most of us served because it was just the right thing do. Thank you all everyday for your service.
Nov 11, 2006 01:35 PM #7
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Sharon Simms
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Thank you, Gary. Veterans AND their families back home are making sacrifices for us..often just because it's what they have to do.

Freedom isn't given just once, or earned just once. It's done again and again and again.

For those of us who haven't fought (though we've had family and friends who have) we can help with our prayer and our memory - but we can also vote. We can appreciate and use the freedom that many have given their lives for, and not ignore it.

I agree, Gary, you/they are everywhere.  

Nov 12, 2006 10:56 PM #8
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I think that we owe a lot to those that put their lives on the line so that we may live in a free country. My husbanc is a Navy vet who served for six years as a hospital corpsman ( Medic ). Sometimes we forget to even think about it for him let alone the hundreds of thousands that have served. Thank you for your thoughts.
Nov 14, 2006 01:51 AM #9
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We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas And a happy New Year! Glad tidings we bring To you and your kin! Glad tidings for Christmas And a happy New Year!

Broker Bryant and The Lovely Wife (pretend we are singing it works better like that) ROAR!

Dec 23, 2006 10:55 AM #10
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Cool points! I dedicated my Radio Show to all PowerBall Veterans today, giving updates and changes to VA loans. But you point out something more important. Thanks for the appreciative comments.

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