What to do on Veterans Day

How about thanking a veteran for their service to our country? Or better yet, check your local paper and find out what type of Veterans Day events are happening in your local area.  Is there a parade down main street or a ceremony at the local cemetery?  Maybe you could go down to your local veterans memorial and spend some time thinking about the sacrifice our troops have made for our country. 

veterans day parade Both of my daughters were in high school ROTC so they were always involved in some sort of honor guard activity on Veteran’s Day at a local cemetery.  I attended some very beautiful and heartwarming ceremonies that were put on by the local VFW post, but I’ve never seen very much participation from the local community.  Wouldn’t it be great if people were standing shoulder to shoulder at these events?

About five years ago I had the honor of having dinner with a veteran of World War II.  I believe he was around 85 at the time (he has since died).  I remember he was so proud that he served his country and could recall vivid details of his duties as a Seaman in the Navy.  The conversation eventually got around to the battles he was in while fighting the Japanese in the pacific.  He started to tell me about the buddies he lost but before saying much, he paused, put his face into his hands, and quietly wept for a few minutes.  The memories were so raw, even after 52 years! 

My father was in the Air Force for 20 years.  He sacrificed so much— spent two tours of duty in South Korea and two in Vietnam.  He also was TDY more times than I could count.  I want to thank him for his duty to our country.  My father has always been my hero and the man I look up to the most in this world.  I’m so proud to call him my father.  

Sam’s medical status:

Saturday November 3rd, 2007:  Today four of Sam’s Marine buddies came to visit.  They’ve just recently returned from a seven month deployment in Iraq.  I can’t even imagine the hell they have been through. 

Sam was having a pretty hard day today and took a lot of naps, but he did tell Erin (through his yes/no finger signing) that he did recognize the guys from Kilo Battery and he was glad that they came to visit.

Thursday November 1st, 2007:  There is a massage therapist that comes in once a week to work on the boys.  Erin got a massage too, so I’m sure that felt really good with her raging cold.  She’s wearing mask, gloves and a gown so that she won’t give Sam her cold.  We are still required to wear gowns and gloves around Sam. 

The therapist were working hard to get Sam’s left arm straightened out.  He was in lots of pain while they were working on him.  They’ll be giving him some anti-inflammatory medicine to help with the soreness he is feeling in his arm.


7 Responses to What to do on Veterans Day

  1. Bobbie Toyne says:

    Veterans’ Day brings lots of memories back to me…Marching in parades, visiting cemataries, picnics and lots of fun (as a child)
    This year is a little different…I will be visiting Harry’s gravesite at the new Naational cemetary and praying for both him and my Dad, a veteraan of WW I – serving in France – who died on November 12th, over 40 years ago.
    I will pray for all of our service men and women both here and overseas and especially those who are in the hospitals recovering from their wounds… God bless all of you.
    Bobbie Toyne

  2. We will be in DC this week, performing Susan’s Vietnam Tribute song 6 West, Line 5, Go There for Me;I will be sounding TAPS, as well; dedicated to her cousin SP4Guy Lamar Mears Jr. KIA in 1970 in Vietnam. and on Nov. 10th she will be reading a page of names of which her cousin’s name is on, a part of the reading of the 58,000 names on the Wall; it is our way of saying “Thank You” to all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and those who have risk their lives for our freedoms.
    Joh 15:13
    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    FOR SAM:
    Sam…don’t worry about a thing; God is watching over you; He knowS what it will take to get you through this; it is frustrating for you now, but God is Faithful; He will will not drop you now, after bringing you this far.

  3. Ken Larson says:

    We have a military veteran friend who was honorably discharged during the Vietnam era. He served in the US Navy while having dual citizenship (Canadian/US). He was born in Canada and his family moved to New York when he was a child and became dual Canadian and US Citizens.

    After discharge my friend worked in the US for over 3 decades, paying US taxes and Social Security. When it came time to retire and apply for his pension he was informed that the US Department of Homeland Security had revoked his US citizenship and did not recognize his Canadian citizenship.

    The Social Security Administration will not begin his pension payments until his citizenship issue is resolved. He has been trying to work this matter through the VA, his local representatives in government (congressional level) and directly through the Social Security Office. No one seems to know what to do, who should take action and who has responsibility. The DHS will not reply to his inquiries. Any ideas?

    For further deatails on this vet see:


  4. Uncle David says:

    Sam & Erin, Hello and much love to both of you. I’ll get to my point. I just read in Yahoo news that hospitals are now using the Nintendo Wii video game to help stroke, and brain injury patients with balance, coordination, dexterity, strength, responce. Maybe this could be used with Sam. He may also love it, go crazy with it, and speed up his recovery time. ………. Just a thought! I think of both of you every day. Love, David

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