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A Thank -You Will Never Be Enough

Posted Monday, November 7, 2011, at 9:10 PM

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Glenn Rest Cemetery Veterans Section
If you are in the military today or have been in the past, I want to THANK YOU!

Veterans Day should mean more than a holiday weekend or some fantastic sale at a department store. Honoring our flag for a mere 3 or 4 minutes should not makes us impatient for a sporting event to begin.

Yesterday, I watched the singing of the National Anthem by Terry Bradshaw's daughter at a football game. It saddened me that most people couldn't be bothered to put their hands over their hearts or even stand to attention. And even more disturbing was the sight of people checking their watches.

Can we not stand and reflect on the greatness of our country and salute those who have served us so faithfully for a mere 3 or 4 minutes? If it was not for those who sacrificed their lives for the raising of that flag, we would not be enjoying the wonders of a football or baseball game.

Being in the military takes a special kind of courage and dedication. I know that I wouldn't have survived boot camp for a day, let alone 6 weeks. Most assuredly, my bed wouldn't pass muster each morning and I would probably find myself scrubbing the toilets with my toothbrush.

But there are those who consider themselves as klutzy as I am and took the challenge to endure the boot-camp experience and test their mettle on the battlefield or in some other type of service. I salute you for your perseverance.

We have all heard stories of great courage and sacrifice over the years. But there are many stories that will never be told. Our brave young men and women have come home seeking a quiet space to heal both physically and spiritually.

Feats of bravery and valor are not measured by a medal or commendation. They are measured by the strength and courage exhibited by those who decide to become a soldier.

Thank a Vet on Friday. Instead of purchasing a new recliner or an appliance; make a donation to a charity that will directly benefit our wounded warriors.

Thank You to those who have given their all for those of us who enjoy the freedoms of American Life. Words cannot express how grateful I am to each of you who have served.


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So true... we tend to lose sight of the true meaning of things. Thank you for making me stop and think.

-- Posted by ktlm on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 9:55 AM

Your comments reminded me of a story my Mother told me about my Great-Aunt. Long before T.V. she would listen to the baseball games in Boston. Even though she was at home, when the Anthem was played, she would stand and place her hand over her heart.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 11:24 AM

At the very least, they could have stood up straight with the hands behind their back instead of crossed or impatiently looking at their watches.

I think that is more recognition for Vets than in the past, but we can never do enough to show our appreciation.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 11:45 AM

11th hour, 11th day, of the 11th month.

Thanks Bonnie for showing the apprecition to all of us.

-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 11:59 AM

Thanks Bonnie...amen

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 4:35 PM

11th hour,11th day,11th month of 2011. Thanks Bonnie.

-- Posted by skeeter on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 6:07 AM

I just realized that it will be 100 years and they started it on 11.11.1911

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 10:47 AM


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