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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Honoring those who served...

Today is Veteran's day, and for the first time, I'm saddened to realize that it doesn't really seem to 'mean' as much as it used to when I was growing up. I remember being a little girl, and seeing Veteran's, either standing outside stores giving out those little flags for donations, and just being in awe of them. I think it was because both my father and my grandfather were Vet's, and I had such awe for them. I grew up with that same mentality. I always made sure to give a little something when I saw Veteran's collecting money, or even if I just saw an older gentleman with a Vietnam Vet hat or jacket on, I always made sure to send a smile their way.

But I don't know. Now it just seems like Veteran's day is just another day. Most companies are still open. A lot of school's still are open, or have half days. And life just goes on as normal. What happened to taking the day off and thanking those who served our Country?

So, I know no Vet will be reading my Blog (except for maybe my Husband, who counts as a Vet since he was in the military), but I'd like to end this post with some lyrics from my all time favorite Billy Joel song, "Goodnight Saigon", about the the Vietnam war:

And we held on to each other
Like brother to brother
We promised our mothers we'd write
And we would all go down together
We said we'd all go down together
Remember Charlie
Remember Baker
They left their childhood
On every acre
And who was wrong?
And who was right?
It didn't matter in the thick of the fight.....


Gina said...


Very nice sentiment Michelle!