by Janice

Veterans DayFar too often, I take it for granted – my freedom and my country. Even as war rages on and innocent people die daily, it is hard to grasp the true extent of the suffering and sacrifices of war as I watch it unravel on my TV screen.

But today I will stop and try to honor their sacrifices and their lives. I will try to reflect on all the veterans gave and thank them from the depths of my soul.

May we pause together to remember the veterans – from all over the world – who have fought and died so that we could live our lives in freedom and peace.

Thank you, veterans and all those who lost their loved ones. We can’t ever thank you enough. But today, we pause, remember, and give you our sincere gratitude. We are blessed because of what you have done.

May God bless you and the ones you love.

For a haunting look at WWI, including a time line of WWI and photos and descriptions of life at and behind the front, visit the interactive website of the “In Flanders Field Museum” located in Ieper, Belgium.

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1 Gattina November 11, 2006 at 5:51 am

There are many international visitors coming, and indeed a lot of Americans too. I have never visited the Museum but have been in Ypres (that’s in french, Ieper is flemish). Over here it’s also a holiday and flags are hanging out.


2 Chaotic Mom November 11, 2006 at 6:08 am

Thank YOU for what you have shared.

Yes, I do visit most, if not all, of the WW and T13ers who stop by my way. If not on Wed. or Thurs., then throughout the week. Mozilla Firefox (vs. Internet Explorer) helps BIG time. I right click, open the blogs in new tabs, maybe ten at a time, then while I’m working in my office I “visit” during breaks. Or I visit after I finish a block of cleaning, kind of like a reward.

I like using the Linky links and visiting throughout the week, because then I get to see some other NON-WW and NON-T13 posts on folks’ pages, too.

My office has been bugging me BIG time. I’m at the point where we’re getting different, more practical furniture. The rest of the house is awesome, though, really coming together.

I’m going to be at an army conference all next week. Uploading photos to a server so I can blog from my hotel room, haha! Maybe I’ll post a picture of all the books I’m purging. And the bags of paperwork that are getting thrown out. ;)


3 Susanne November 11, 2006 at 10:20 am

Remembering with you.


4 Chaotic Mom November 11, 2006 at 11:02 am

BTW, been thinking about this a lot today. I absolutely LOVE that the Candadians call today Remembrance Day vs. Veterans’ Day. Very easy to forget those who have served in the past and what they’ve given. Nice to remember.


5 Sting my Heart November 11, 2006 at 2:22 pm

Thank you Janice for remembering the men and women who have put their personal ‘agendas’ on hold for others to live in freedom.


6 Christina November 11, 2006 at 6:07 pm

I was in the military grocery store today and my husband was running around thanking everyone. It was neat to see the reaction that some of the old retired guys had. They were so appreciative when he said “thank you sir” It brought tears to my eyes.

Your tribute is beautiful and beautifully written.


7 KellyC November 11, 2006 at 11:08 pm

I posted a photo for veteran’s day today as well.

It’s easy to forget. I’m glad we remember.


8 Barb November 12, 2006 at 4:38 pm

This is such a thoughtful post, Janice. It’s a reminder we all need. My husband is a Viet Nam era air force veteran. So this is a very special day.


9 Penny November 13, 2006 at 12:22 am

Thank you for remembering all who have served our country. My hubby is full time Air National Guard and has served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves and I have a brother-in-law who returned from Iraq last Christmas. It’s wonderful what they sacrifice for the freedom of our country and other countries as well. God bless all our troops – those who have served and currently serve!


10 Jessica November 13, 2006 at 8:15 am

Thank you for posting this!


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