Veteran’s Day

Barbara Vey -- November 11th, 2011

Everyone is talking about it being 11-11-11 today.  The Immortals movie has been using it as selling point since summer.   It’s my nephew Cody’s golden birthday, he’s 11 today.  And it’s TGIF, which makes it a day to celebrate just because the weekend is starting.  But the most important thing about 11-11-11 is that it is Veteran’s Day.


I’m sure we all know a veteran.  My dad was in both the Army and the Navy.  He fought in Korea, but he would never talk about it.  I was in high school when a lot of my friends went off to Vietnam.  I even tried to enlist in the Army after high school, but I wasn’t old enough and my mom wouldn’t sign the papers.  I remember being so mad at her that I moved to California.  Of course, I was home after 3 months because I was so homesick, so I guess mom’s do know best.


But, I think today should be all about the veterans and our military families.  There are a lot of authors who sponsor special things for the troops including sending books.  Every year our church sends boxes of goodies to the troops.  There are Veteran Day parades and when I was in school we used to have to stand at 11:00 a.m. and face the flag for a moment of silence for our veterans.


I received an email from Coupon Sherpa this week listing 35 Freebies for the military today.  They include free meals from Denny’s, Subway, Applebees, Chili’s and Famous Dave’s.  There’s a free donut from Krispy Kreme and discounts at Home Depot, Lowes and Macy’s.  Free admission to attractions and parks and lots more.


I know this is a very small token of our appreciation for their sacrifices, but I hope they get a chance to go out and enjoy some of the offerings.


Please take this opportunity to thank someone you know or add a tribute to someone.  Who would you like to thank or acknowledge?  You can also list any charity that offers support to the troops.


Bottom Line:  “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” -Maya Angelou

14 thoughts on “Veteran’s Day

  1. Christyne Butler

    Thank you to my father, who served for 20 years in the USAF, and now rests at Arlington. It’s been twelve years since he died and I miss him every day. It was an honor to follow in his footsteps (even if I choose the Navy!) as serving in the Armed Forces is an honored tradition in my family. Thank you to all verterans everywhere for your faithful service and sacrifice.

  2. Jessica Scott

    Getting books when I was deployed to Iraq was one of the few bright spots about being deployed. I’ve had a lot of discussions with peers about how we’re supposed to react when people say thank you for your service. The simplest thing we came up with was to say thank you for your support.
    Just saying thank you is often more than enough. Thank you for blogging about this today, Barbara!

  3. Marilyn AKA Playground Monitor

    My late father was in the US Army Air Corps, the precursor to today’s Air Force. He spent three years in the service, from 1943 to 1946. And before that he was in the Civil Air Patrol and flew submarine patrol off the coast of North Carolina.

    Thank you to all our veterans and the men and women currently serving. We’re happy to support you.

  4. Kat Crouch

    I thank my husband who is currently deployed to Iraq. His nearly 17 years of service have made me proud. He is my hero. I also thank my grandfather who though is no longer with us, served in WWII and was a great role model and inspiration to me. I give thanks to all of our veterans for all of their sacrifices for our country.

  5. Debbie Kaufman

    Thanks to all those currently serving and their families who also make a sacrifice! To former vets, whose service gives us the freedom we have today, including the two in my family–both of whom served in the Pacific and one of whom survived the infamous Bataan Death March. Words can not express!

  6. Lori

    My dad was in the Army Air Corp during WWII, he didn’t fly, but worked on the radios in the planes.

    My favorite organization which donates to servicepeople is Operation Paperback ( Their volunteers donates used paperbacks which are then shipped to military all over the world.

  7. Marilyn Baron

    My father was a top turret gunner on a B-17 in WWII, flying missions over Europe. He never talked about the war until later in life but I do have a copy of his missions diary. Every year on Veteran’s Day I would call him up to thank him for his service but he passed away last year so this year it is particularly sad that I can’t do that. As a matter of fact, I was just thinking about that this morning. The day after Thanksgiving, we will dedicate a government marker provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Program Service during his unveiling. Thank you for blogging about this important subject and allowing me to give thanks to my Dad. And thanks to all the veterans for their service and sacrifice.

  8. Gene Olson

    I’m happy I made it home from Vietnam. Compared to the average Vietnam Veteran I’m below average. I didn’t do any fighting in Vietnam. Well, in the Mekong Delta I did fight mosquitos! My best friend in school since the Second Grade was a helicopter pilot in Nam. He was shot down and they never found his body. OH how I wish this Veterans Day I could say “Rich Worthington and I are Vietnam Veterans…”

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