Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day 2010

A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life.  That is beyond honor and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact!

We have a wonderful memoral in our town that honors soldiers of all the wars our men and women have been in.  As you walk up to the memorial, it starts with pavers that donors have bought in honor of family members with their names, what branch of the armed forces they were in and dates.  Some families have gone together and put all family members on a large paver.  I thought that was a great idea.  There are also granite benches that have names etc. on them.   In the summer time, there are flowers planted in planters. This is one way the money was earned to build this beautiful memorial.

You'll notice that each pillar shows the dates of the start and end of that war; the number of soldiers that served; the number that were killed in action; and the number of prisioners of war there were.  Today there will be a ceremony here at the memorial with changing of the flags.  I plan to be there.  I think most of us have family members that have served or are serving now.  It always brings tears to my eyes when I hear the taps played. 

I was there with Leah, Jessica and the grandkids when this was dedicated in 2003, and there were jets flying overhead in formation during the ceremony.  At that time, I did get a very good picture with the flags and the jets together in the photo.  I really need to dig in to all my photos, and get them organized so I can find what I want when I need it!  The Vets are now trying to earn enough money to finish the learning center building that has been started.   Our kids don't learn about WWI and WWII in depth like we did in school, and the vision is to have a learning center where teachers can bring classes to learn more with movies, hands on exhibits and talking with Veterans themselves. 

As a kid my younger sis and I would sell poppies all up and down Main Street, to help earn money for the Veterans.  I bet some of you also remember doing that.  I don't see that anymore.  Now there "may" be a jar by the cash register of "some" stores with poppies in another jar, waiting for people to donate.  I wonder if that has worked as well as people selling to neighbors and their friends. 

If you have served in our armed forces, I thank you.  jo



Lest we forget, Remember them all then and now !
Both my parents were in WW2 . My father a British solder, my mum in Britan struggling to survive each and every day living in terror ! They are both gone now but their memories live on in us !

Far Side of Fifty said...

It is an awesome place to visit. Thanks for sharing! :)

Buttercup said...

Thanks for sharing your photos. My Dad was in the Army in WWII -- including DDay -- and my mother worked for the Navy Department. Adding my thanks for those who continue to give so much for our freedom.

Sharon said...

Yes indeed we must not forget. I remember selling those poppies for years.
My dad was a in WWII and my mom worked in the air craft plant.
My son was in the desert storm conflict.
That is a beautiful memorial site.
We have one that is similar to that one. I can not find my photos of it either.

Darcie said...

What a beautiful memorial...thanks for sharing it with us. Freedom doesn't come free does it? Like you...thankful for every veteran.

Country Whispers said...

Those poppies are still sold in our town by the local veterans.
What a beautiful memorial to all of those who have given their life for our country.