Thankful

Thankful: November 11th

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Today is Veteran’s Day. I am thankful for our veterans and all they have done for our country.

What are you thankful for today?

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  1. The same thing, for with out the service men and women our country would not be free, and even if we don’t all agree on going to war or issues our government decided to partake in we have to remember that we are known as the free country for many reasons.

  2. I am thankful for my family members that were and are military that have come home safe and sound. So many families have lost loved ones who died for our freedoms and I do not ever want to take the families of our fallen soldiers for granted.

  3. I second your thoughts about being thankful to our veterans. My husband is a Vietnam Veteran and I am thankful people are now thanking him for his service. I am also thankful a local discount food store (overstock, dented and expired items) offers Veterans and their family special pricing on Veterans Day ($25 off the first $50 spent)! My $22 purchase only cost me $11.

  4. Hello Brandy & all from Australia :D.

    Today I am thankful for my husband whom I love, who is a military veteran not a war veteran. Who in spite of the pain and injuries he has sustained through his service, pushes through the pain, smiles and jokes around, and is my best friend, husband and life long companion.

    He served on peace keeping missions in Africa and Asia and was injured on a training exercise in Australia. Despite him being given his last rights on the night of the accident, having no feeling or any reflexes in his legs from the waist down, he still walks and is not in a wheel chair. He continues to amaze myself and the military orthopaedic surgeon, when he tests his reflexes and ex-rays mouths the words to me, just how is he walking.

    The accident happened when he was 19 and he is now 47 this year. We met and were married 17 years after he had the accident, and I am an ex trained nurse.

    I have to say it was through the grace of god. His service is above and beyond the call of duty and will last a lifetime as it is with all of our veterans. I am humbled to know that with all of our veterans they have sacrificed so much for all of us.

  5. I’m thankful for some friends who invited me out to lunch today. I had a lighter schedule, due to the holiday, so I was able to accept. It’s amazing to have so much support!

  6. Every single American should thank a veteran. If what those people did/do had not been done we would not be the free American we are today. As someone married to a Marine I can tell you the life of a Marine wife is not an easy life. Many times he was gone from home when I really needed him. I recall the time our first born son had kidney failure. He was gone, some where on the ocean flying night flights. The Red Cross did get hold of him, but it took him 6 days to get home. That was a long 6 days of sitting by our son’s bed and worries about his life. Things like that happen every day to our military people. God bless them each and every one. And God bless the families who support those veterans.

  7. I too am thankful for Veterans and their service to our country. I lost an uncle to war and have two nephews who have also served in the military. I am grateful to live in a land of peace.

    I also had the day off work (paid) for the holiday and took my mother to get some of her Christmas shopping done.

  8. I am thankful for the poem “In Flanders Fields”. It never fails to bring a tear to my eye when I hear it on Veteran’s Day.

  9. I am thankful for the sacrifice of so many who came before me. They built a free nation and the freedom they have given me is a sacred gift.

  10. I am thankful for the sacrifice of those who came before me to build a free nation. The freedom they have given to me is a sacred gift.

  11. Today is Remembrance day here in Canada. I showed my daughter her great-grandfather’s name (my husband’s grandfather) on the Cenotaph here in our city today while attending the Remembrance day service. He was one of the many Canadian soldiers who helped liberate Holland during the WW II. It was there he met his wife. They were married in Amsterdam and she came back to Canada with him as a war bride after the war. I am thankful for his service, and the opportunity to help my daughter understand how she is connected to the Remembrance day service we attend each year. More importantly, I am thankful that the closest my immediate family has ever been to an act of war was through watching it on a TV screen. It is for this reason I am truly thankful for all the service men and women who put their lives on the line for these freedoms.

  12. I am thankful for the service of veterans, as well. I am very proud of our son who is in the military and his wonderful wife and daughter who spend so much time without him while he is gone on duty. I am thankful for the beautiful sentiments of others in support of our veterans.

  13. I am thankful that my father not only survived his tour of duty on a bomber during WWII but was able to get over the shell shock that resulted. He was such a shining example of living in the present, facing what came with determination and a problem solving attitude, and being grateful to wake up each morning. Such a quiet man that it took me until my 50s to truly understand what he offered as a role model.

  14. It was a Canadian WWII soldier that penned the poem. I don’t know many Canadians who can’t quote that poem almost word for word, as we learn it in school. I didn’t realize that Americans also used it as part of their Veteran’s day proceedings.

    There is also a song written a couple years ago by a Canadian band that makes me cry every single time I here it, called “Highway of Heroes”. They renamed a section of Highway 401 the “Highway of Heroes” as this is the route they drive our fallen soldiers back home from the Trenton Airbase. It is a really good song and applies to ALL soldiers, not just the Canadian ones. Here is the link to the video in case you haven’t heard it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrkgV5bl7kQ

  15. As a mother of two sons currently serving in the military, I am so grateful for them and their families who sacrifice so much for our freedoms . We have so much to be thankful for all of those who have given their lives for our country, we are a blessed people.

  16. Hi Juhli and what a brave man your father is or must of been, not sure if he is still with you.

    I nursed a lot of return service soldiers who had shell shock, and resulting night terrors from what they experienced and saw in war. Many a time, I hugged them when they woke up and went on duty in their sleep and put them back to bed.

    None of our veterans truly ever get over the shell shock, night terrors, PTSD, depression and the tremors that they may have, they just learn better coping mechanisms which help to diminish the symptoms. For these men no-one or any treatment can ever take away the horrors that they have seen and experienced and will forever live with them in their memories. So as I say and know it is a lifetime of service for them.

    My husband was a peace keeper, but still in a war zone situation, where he was shot at every day, missiles and bombs were launched at his vehicles he was in.

    He still if woken suddenly, will go on duty in his sleep, and fight and talk about what he is doing in his sleep and have nightmares. We were out shopping and a balloon popped near a register we were at (which did sound like a gun shot), he instantly went into battle mode and went to dive on me and take the checkout lady down to the floor to protect us. I simply whispered balloon loudly in his ear, to stop him. A case of another quiet man who manages the symptoms well, but they are still there if placed in certain situations.

  17. Rhonda, I don’t know if they still teach it in school, but I learned the poem in grammar school in New Hampshire when I was about 10, and I’ve never forgotten it (that was nearly 50 years ago). Such a moving poem!

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