"It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you."
It is impossible not to take this opportunity to thank EVERY military veteran, from every branch, who has served selflessly to secure and protect the freedoms we enjoy (and take for granted) in the United States.
My Dad and many of my Mother's brothers were veterans of WWII. We can't do justice to our veterans, though, without recognizing the sacrifices of their families back home. These families were supporting the War efforts in many ways. My mom happened to work in the Oregon shipyards as a welder. I want to recognize the sacrifices of our veterans AND the sacrifices of their families, as well. That is why I include a picture of my veteran Dad AND my Mom in acknowledging this special day.
My step-son served 3 tours in Iraq and we were thrilled he was able to call us once a week. I can't even imagine what it was like during previous wars when there were no phone calls and it took weeks for letters to arrive.
We recognize Veterans Day annually as the anniversary of the signing of the armistice in 1918, ending WWI. The War officially ended on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour.
I hope someday EVERY veteran who served during a time of peace or conflict will be shown the level of support, love, respect, and loyalty they deserve for their sacrifices.
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This is my second entry into the Gratitude Challenge for November hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS and Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland .