"Being a soldier is more than courage. It is the ultimate sacrifice of being willing to die for something greater than yourself."
On this Veteran's Day how could I be anything but thankful for all U.S. Veterans who have served our country so bravely?
In saying that, I include my Dad who served in the Army in World War II... and my Mother who worked in the shipyards as a welder in support of the war effort. One of my regrets in life is that neither my Dad or Mom lived long enough to tell me stories about what it was like to serve in such a way.
Two of my most prized possessions are:
* All the letters they wrote to each other while my Dad was away, and
* The American flag that draped my Dad's coffin to recognize and honor him as a military veteran. My brother has my Dad's army uniform.
November is Military Family Appreciation Month and I'd like to join in with all Americans in thanking those who served in uniform and back home as support for those who did.
We are all so blessed to live in this country. I pray that we value our way of life enough to continue to fight for it.
Out of curiosity, I looked back on last years Thankful Challenge in Active Rain. Here is a link to my first post in that series, which coincided with Veterans Day:
12 Days of Thanksgiving 2017: Day 1
"I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism."
Enjoy this very special day!
East Brunswick, NJ
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