Thank Our Veterans

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Honoring Our Veterans, Today and Every Day

Thank You, Veterans!

Celebrate Veterans Today.

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Remember Our Veterans

Remember all of the veterans who have served.  Take time to share stories of veterans you know or read some of the recommended books for the wars we’ve covered.

Remembering Our Veterans

We’ve expressed our thanks to veterans here in the past and on our own blogs about our own family members.

Today, we wanted to call attention to those families of soldiers currently serving our country.  As the holidays approach and they are without fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers, we wanted to highlight the good work of the USO.  For the holidays, they carefully create and send packages (Holiday Boxes) to our troops to help them celebrate the season even if they are away from home, and you can help with donations.

In Washington, D.C., the chapter is looking for help to provide Turkeys and other Thanksgiving items to local families in Turkey for Troops.  Other chapters throughout the United States and other countries surely have similar programs.  If you’re interested in helping our troops and their families this season, please locate your nearest USO Center.  Also check out the ways that you can help.

In honor of our troops who protect our nation and our freedoms, please pay homage to them in any way that you can.

Veteran’s Day 2010

From U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

While War Through the Generations has focused on the Vietnam War this year, we’d like to take time out to call attention to the sacrifices all of our nation’s veterans, from those who fought in WWII and Korea to those in Iraq and Afghanistan, have made.

While individually, we may or may not agree with wars and why they are fought, those who volunteer to serve in the army, air force, marines, and navy deserve utmost respect and our thanks.  In many cases, these soldiers and veterans may have disagreed with the politics or strategies of the wars in which they fought, but they remembered their duty to the nation and fought with all they had.  Physical and mental wars continue as warfare still exists no matter the war.

Please take the time to check out this video from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the hidden heroes in many of the programs supporting our veterans:

We want to thank all of you for your service.  Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the veterans that have touched your lives in the comments.

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Also, please check out this heart-warming story about communities finally welcoming Vietnam Veterans home from the New York Times. Additionally, the Daily Commercial had a unique story about how Iraq War veterans are received versus how Vietnam War veterans were received when they came home.

Veteran’s Day: We Must Never Forget

Veteran’s Day was a busy day in my house when I was growing up.  First, it’s my sister’s birthday (Happy birthday, Erika!).  Second, my father was a Vietnam veteran, and I’d go with him and his VFW buddies to put flags on veteran’s graves.  I was even a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and I’d march with him in the parades.  My great uncle died in WWII, and we’d also make our way to the green in Voluntown, CT, to pay our respects at the memorial where his name is listed.

We must never forget the sacrifices made by the men and women in the military, and we should take the time to thank those who serve for our country.

Click here to read an essay about my father that I wrote for Phyllis Zimbler Miller’s (author of Mrs. Lieutenant) blog.

Click here to read an essay by Heather from Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books in which she talks about how WWII brought her grandparents together and why she likes to read books set during that period.

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Here’s my little addendum.  Veterans Day (Yes, Happy Birthday Erika) is not about the wars fought and won.  It is about remembering those who came before us, protected us and our freedoms, and the sacrifices they made.

Here’s a cool list of war-related books over at The Book Case.

There are so many war stories and fictional novels about war on the market.  Most recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Chris Coppola, a pediatric surgeon during the Iraq War.  If you are interested, please read part one and part two.

Additionally, he wrote up a guest post for Savvy Verse & Wit.

Thanks, Anna, for sharing your links and thoughts about veterans, the Vietnam War, and memories of your father.  He is still missed.

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