Friday, November 11, 2011

Our veterans

A repeat posting from 2008.  This photo was taken in the Memorial Chapel in the American cemetery, Normandy, France.




I can't let this day go by without remembering our veterans. I think being a veteran or being closely related to one is the most significant way to be a proud American. During my time, the conscientous objector, the draft dodger were not looked upon favorably. I even grew up in a community built on religion where men were given conscientous objector status, yet so many of these men went to war to defend their country. That is a real veteran. Not being together on our first anniversary because my husband was drafted into the Army right after college graduation; that is a sacrifice we do as Americans.

To be alive during the Vietnam war, getting news that my brother was shot down over Vietnam, rescued, and that his co-pilot was taken prisoner; that is what makes an American proud. God Bless you, Col. Day, for surviving the Vietnam prison and tortures. That is a real veteran. Be proud to live in America and  always be proud of our country. Let our leaders guide us proudly and not falter or undermine just who we are. We are proud Americans!

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for your comment over on my site. Ole is a veteran back from the Vietnam days also. He enlisted and we were married a year and two days when he left to go to boot camp. Fortunately I was able to travel with him with the exception of his last year in service. It certainly shaped who we are now. I wouldn't give the experience of those days up for anything. Glad you meet you, Fellow Midwesterner!

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  2. This is indeed a day to remember. I am interested that many men from Amana colony went to war voluntarily. My gg grandfather who was raised as a Mennonite joined up to fight in the Civil War. I am remember ancestors who fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Second World War today...And it was my grandfather's birthday, his 25th birthday the day WWI ended.

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  3. Anonymous12:09 PM

    I will always remember how proud you were of your brother Corwin when he was a student at the Air Force Academy. He is a perfect example of a veteran who gave so much to protect our liberty.

    Corwin's co-pilot Col. Day certainly endured so much as a prisoner of war in Viet Nam. Millions of patriots in this country know how much Col. Day endured as a prisoner of war. We are happy that Corwin was rescued that day when they were shot down.

    It makes me angry when I hear people disparaging those brave men. One acquaintance of mine actually had the nerve to say that John McCain had to be stupid to be captured and kept a prisoner during that time. I know that Col. Day and John McCain were in the same prison weren't they? rw

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  4. Thank you for your kind words, RW. Yes they were in the same prison together. Such terrible, senseless years. God Bless all our veterans.

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  5. Lovely post, Susan. My grandfather and father were veterans and many friends served in the Vietnam war. I feel a tremendous debt of gratitude to all the men and women who protect our freedoms.

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  6. God bless them all!
    My cousin was a grad of the AFA and flew choppers in Vietnam Nam. I wonder if your bro knew him.
    My dear childhood friend is a Marine Gen., and served in Nam too. Couldn't be prouder of him! There is a street named in the town where we grew up for him

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  7. Oh yes, well said! I have often thought that our country's greatest loss is that many of the best of the best, the " cream of the crop" of ideal and honorable young men & women were killed in a war far away, while the draft dodgers,and their ilk have gone on to become the educators and political powers of these times.It shows too.

    My father served 2 tours in Vietnam, our oldest son served 2 tours with the U.S.M.C. in Iraq.
    I love them both and am proud of them I hope they do not regret their choice and we , the American people do not let them down. Thank-you for this post.

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  8. Veterans are heroes indeed and their family as well!

    hi susan am new here.. hopping here from Diane's blog! hope to see you around! good day!

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  9. They deserves to be honored and remembered.. I salute to all veterans!

    Nice blog you have Susan..have a great weekend!

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  10. Thank you for this poignant reminder and well-told story of the valued lives that continue to protect us daily and secure our liberties.

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  11. They are all to be respected for their service. My Father and Brother gave so much and I love and respect them for it. My hubby worked on the Safeguard ABM anti-ballistic missle system. Have a great Thanksgiving Susan and the Trout.

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  12. What a wonderful and heartfelt post. My husband was in the Air Force and flew with a man who was help prisoner in Viet Nam, his nickname was "Dog", because he pretended to act like a dog when he was in the camp. A wonderful man who had been through so much, it was my pleasure to meet him.
    Thank you for this wonderful post!

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  13. Just stopping by to wish "Schnitzel and the Trout" a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful holiday.
    Best,
    Gloria

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  14. Susan, I wish you and the Trout a joyful Thanksgiving and hope the MRI results lead to a resolution of your knee problems.....

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