Veteran’s Day ~ Remembrance

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“FOR TOO LONG, TOO MANY OF US HAVE PAID SCANT ATTENTION TO THE SACRIFICE OF A BRAVE FEW IN OUR MIDST.  IT IS UNHEALTHY FOR A NATION TO BECOME DETACHED FROM THOSE WHO SECURE IT.”_______Howard Schultz, author of For Love of Country

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I first want to give my personal THANK YOU to each and every veteran that fights for peace and freedom!!!  I tear up and become speechless at the mere sight of any one of you!!

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 Here in the United States of America we do our best to convey our gratitude to these men and women for giving so much of themselves for our safety on this day.  In such nations as: Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, India, Mauritius, South Africa and many in Europe, a day set aside is called Remembrance Day and was recently observed.

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Our fellow blogger @ Parent Rap led me to this –  100 Ways to Honor a Veteran – if you care to view it – CLICK HERE.

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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

by: Cadet Major Kelly Strong, Air Force Junior ROTC, Homestead Senior High, Homestead, FL 1988

watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it, and then
He stood at ease.
 
looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
 
thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mother’s tears?
 
How many pilot’s planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldier’s graves?
No, freedom is not free.
 
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a certain chill.
 
I wondered how many times
that Taps meant “Amen,”
When a flag draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
 
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
 
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
O unmarked graves in Arlington
No, freedom is not free.
 
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Farewell Salutes –

Andrew Byers – Rolesville, NC; US Army, Afghanistan, 10th Special Forces Group, Capt., Bronze Star, Purple Heart, KIA

Jason Finan – Anaheim, CA; US Navy, Iraq, Chief Petty Officer, KIA veterans_day

Ryan Gloyer – Denton, PA; US Army, Afghanistan, 10th Special Forces Group, Sgt., Bronze Star, Purple Heart, KIA

William Hobbs – Marietta, GA; US Army, WWII, PTO, 187th Reg/11th Airborne & later 82nd difference-memorial-veterans-day-640x480Airborne (Ret.)

Matthew Lewellen – Kirksville, MI; US Army, Jordan, Special Forces, SSgt., KIA

Kevin McEnroe – Tucson, AZ; US Army, Afghanistan, Jordan, KIA

James Moriarty – Kerrville TX, US Army, Jordan, KIA

Dakota Stump – Avon, IN; US Army, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood

Adam Thomas – Lyon County, MN; US Army, Afghanistan, !0th Special Forces A/B, SSgt., Bronze Star, Purple Heart, KIA

David Whitcher – Bradford, NH; US Army, SSgt., 1st Special Warfare Training Group

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 11, 2016, in Current News, Home Front, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 159 Comments.

  1. GP, Wonderful tribute here that I should have realized you would post Nov 11!!! Thanks for the immediate “Like” on my latest post that just went up moments ago on WordPress!!! You’re the best!!!!! Maybe we can pray through the next presidency for 4 years only!!! Phil

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    • I’m over the whole political thing, Phil. I never liked it in the first place and this year was… no I’ll hold my tongue.
      It was luck hitting the Reader page and there was your post, so it was either fate or coincidence that I really can’t take credit for.
      Good to see you.

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  2. Beautiful. Sorry I missed this, was ‘caught up”.

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  3. Thank you for this lovely tribute honoring our veterans. Many civilians are enjoying the freedom we ensure by sacrificing our very life to protect theirs. This site is a good way to give back! Bravo!!?❤

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    • I deeply appreciate your comment. And I agree whole-heartedly with you that people take their freedoms for granted – and the ones who watch our back day and night!!

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  4. G. P. A beautiful remembrance. I’ve sent it on to Facebook and Twitter.

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    • Thank you so much for sending this, Dina! Seeing volunteers remember and work hard together to enhance, even more, a stunning tribute brings tears to one’s eyes.
      The effect the stones create is remarkable!
      All my best to other 3 Fabs of Cley!
      GP Cox

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  5. There was a lovely remembrance service at the Royal College of Music it was very moving it was a privilege to be there.

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  6. We had some wonderful remembrance services here. One took place in the Albert Hall and was televised with beautiful readings and interviews with veterans and relatives of men lost in Afghanistan. Then there was the big public Remembrance Service in London with the Queen and all the Commonwealth heads of state and hundreds and hundreds of servicemen/women and relatives marching past the Cenotaph.

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  7. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    My thanks to all who served and are currently serving.

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  8. I really like the image that you selected as the lead of your Veteran’s Day post. It wonderfully reminds us of the many veterans from many different time periods.

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