Thankful For My Parents (#2)

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"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 letter
s 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."
-Bob Riley 

Enjoy this very special day!



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James Dray
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Morning Carol.

My dad served in the Army for 11 years.  He never did say why he left, but he did.  I was so proud of him, like I am all of those who served and has served.

Nov 11, 2018 03:32 AM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Carol. My dad could not serve because of some circulation problems in his legs. It was a disappointment to him all his life. He respected all who were able to serve. Enjoy your day! 

Nov 11, 2018 04:45 AM #2
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Brian England
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I am sure your parents were wonderful parents, I am also thankful for their service!  I hope that you are having a fun weekend my friend!

Nov 11, 2018 05:02 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Carol... your post today really touched me and brought tears to my eyes. As someone who was not born in this country, but is a proud naturalized citizens I loved your comment:

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.  

Nov 11, 2018 05:28 AM #4
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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HI Carol Williams - What a lovely post.  I copied the exact phrase that Nina Hollander  did because it is so critical to our future as a nation. But there is no need to post it again but instead, reafirm the importance of it. 

Nov 11, 2018 05:43 AM #5
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Carol. This is moving and hits me because it is real and true.

Nov 11, 2018 06:24 AM #6
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Hi James Dray ,
I'm sure your Dad had his good reasons. My Dad only served during the War period.  We are grateful for the time they did serve, aren't we? 

Nov 11, 2018 07:45 AM #7
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Carol Williams
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Hi Wayne Martin ,
Your Dad's desire to serve says a lot about him!

Nov 11, 2018 07:46 AM #8
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Carol Williams
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Hi Brian England ,
Yes, they were good parents. I just wish they had lived longer so I could have gotten to know them better. Thanks for reading my post today.  Have a great day!

Nov 11, 2018 07:48 AM #9
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Carol Williams
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Thank you Nina Hollander ,
I love naturalized citizens... those who see and appreciate how blessed we are to live in this country.  I worry about the changes taking place. 

Nov 11, 2018 07:50 AM #10
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Carol Williams
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Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,
I do pray we can hold on to our very foundation.  I worry very much about the changes taking place and the dangerous trends.

Nov 11, 2018 07:51 AM #11
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Carol Williams
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Thank you Sheila Anderson ,
There is no real way to thank our veterans enough, is there... except to show our respect to them when they come home?

Nov 11, 2018 07:51 AM #12
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Carol, thanks to your parents for serving. My dad was in the war, and I have his flag as well. My older brother had it, but when he passed his son gave it to me.

Nov 11, 2018 10:03 AM #13
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Hi Carol: That is a nice tribute to your parents. My uncle served in Okinawa and sent me all sorts of gifts, like decorative yellow satin prints and a geisha doll. I spent hours taking her outfit apart. Trying to put it back together was impossible, which I got into a lot of trouble for doing.

Nov 11, 2018 04:29 PM #14
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Tim Lorenz
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That is a very nice tribute to your parents especially your father.  Thank you for your support on my way to the 1,000,000 pts.

Nov 11, 2018 04:54 PM #15
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Debbie Reynolds
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Women did their part too as you Mom did. Patriotism was strong back then. Thanks for sharing your gratitude of Veterans.

Nov 14, 2018 05:13 PM #16
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Gloria Todor
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Carol, Wow your mother was a welder. A strong woman to consider such a job.  Those letters are precious since they share their love story.  Thank you for sharing.

Nov 19, 2018 12:00 PM #17
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Debbie Reynolds
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This is a wonderful tribute, Carol. Those letters and the flag make them feel very close and connected.

Nov 30, 2018 08:51 AM #18
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