Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Salute

They say that the newspapers of the world will soon be a thing of the past, that with the internet news so available to breaking news there will be no need for the printed page.  You have Kindle to read books, no smell of ink and tree to feed your senses.  But The Cheraw Chronicle and Chesterfield Advertiser will continue to do what they do best...bring you news of today and yesterday and yesteryear...one thing they do well is honor our Veterans.  For all of you who aren't really sure when we began this holiday, here is a short blurb on the why and wherefore.
 
Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.) Courtesy of my History Teacher Mr. Phil Chewning.
Look at some of the pictures that we have here honoring the Veterans of Chesterfield County.  Most of them served during a time of war...WWI, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and both of the Middle East conflicts one over one still going on.  Most of them were mere children when they entered the service of our country.  They were as young as fifteen some of them.  Or they were seventeen like my husband Mac.  I remember my grandmother making the statement that it is always the young who rise up to protect the country of old men and women.  Never is that more evident than today.  The pictures of those so young that we have lost recently make me want to weep.  At a time in their lives when they should be playing football, going to college, dancing the night away or just living their lives without worry of gunfire or explosion, instead we are bombarded with the news of the dead and injured.  So, this is not a day for sales or merriment but a time of celebration, celebration of the unselfish men and women who gladly serve our nation and in turn, us.  Thank you, all you brave young men and women, those who are now no longer young those who are no longer with us and those who will show up at the recruiters offices and offer their services and their lives to protect the this land we love.  Thank you!!!

12 comments:

Lee said...

Awesome post Sandi! I agree with you on what those young men should have been doing with their time instead of going out there to get hurt or killed on our behalf. God bless them where ever they fell.

Donna said...

Cool post Girl!
Been missing you! Happy weekend!
hughugs

Akelamalu said...

Lovely post Sandi. x

We will remember.

Vee said...

Wonderful, Sandi. I've been reading many wonderful posts today and yours id definitely one of them! Please thank Mac for John and me for his service.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I am indeed thankful for our veterans.

Anonymous said...

Amazing valor

NitWit1 said...

Wherever you see a veteran hug him or at least thank him, over and over again.

Since I am married to one that is easy. He made it a career; perhaps he could have done a thousand other things and ended up richer, maybe a billionaire.

Think about that last thought when you begrudge a veteran and his family for any benefits which your tax dollars provide them.

In another life we might not need the benefits. We might have the money to choose the elite physicians with big titles and repetitions. I could enumerate other things, but I am thankful for what we have, and yes, my tax dollars when I work, also paid for the benefits, too.

Pondside said...

Once a year to remember seems paltry when put beside the enormous sacrifice made by all those young men - but at least it gets the next generation thinking about it.

Hilary said...

Nicely said, Sandi. May we never forget.

Maggie May said...

We have all got a lot to thank those fallen guys for. And of course the ones who lived on and fought for us.
We must never forget.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Brian Miller said...

family reunions can be scary place you know...haha...43rd anniversary...nice....and i am thankful for our veterans and wish we could bring more home to become them...

Carol said...

Sandi...GREAT post!! One of my all-time favorites! I'm sure they play that in heaven, don't you think?

We all have lots to thank all those young men for!!

Happy Happy Thanksgiving!! xoxoxoxo