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Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans

09/11/2015

“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.” Charles B. Rangel

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans - 2015 Veterans Day Poster via Dept of Veteran’s Affairs

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans – 2015 Veterans Day Poster via Dept of Veteran’s Affairs

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans - 2015 Veterans Day - Symbols of honor

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans – 2015 Veterans Day – Symbols of honor

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. Dan Lipinski

What does Veterans Day mean to You? What Motivates some to give their lives in service to their country? On November 11, we will stand up to honor and salute all of our brave armed forces; about 22 million male and female Veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. Even though I’ve shared the genesis of this important tradition elsewhere, it is imperative that we learn about it, teach our children about it and honor all who gave selflessly and fearlessly in honor of this country. On November 11, 1947, Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, organized the first Veterans Day parade to honor our service men and women for their efforts. At that time, it was called Armistice Day. Later on, U.S. Representative Edward H. Rees of Kansas proposed legislation for a name change from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill in 1954 proclaiming November 11th as Veterans Day, and everyone honored that date until another change occurred fourteen years later.

In 1968, the date was moved to the fourth Monday in October. Congress soon recognized the historical importance of November 11th and changed it back in 1978. While we are all motivated to act each day to uplift ourselves and others, it takes a unique spirit of sacrifice and service to rise above all our petty wants and needs and serve our country. Every time a serviceman/woman leaves, they take the hearts and love of their family and community with them. Our role is to stay connected with them and ensure that, on their return, their reintegration into society is seamless. WE are the beneficiaries of their effort and we must remember to honor them. I’ve shared some poetry, below, that elucidate the challenges and hearts of those who served. Please read and contemplate them. Thank you!

Still A Soldier by Timothy Emmons
I lay here today a soldier
I know some don’t understand
I will try to explain
So maybe you can

I served my country
For many a year
I retired long ago
The soldier still here

I put on my uniform
I wore it to foreign lands
The soldier I was
Is still in the man

I have been a husband, father, and friend
To some of you here
But I’ve been a soldier all along
Even after so many a year

My final salute
I render today
I’m still a soldier
I’m just on my way
Copyright © 2015 Timothy Emmons Via PoetrySoup.com

“America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.” John Doolittle

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans - 2015 Veterans Day Poster via Dept of Veteran’s Affairs

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans – 2015 Veterans Day Poster via Dept of Veteran’s Affairs

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans - 2015 Veterans Day - Symbols of honor

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans – 2015 Veterans Day – Symbols of honor

While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms. Randy Neugebauer

Do You Plan to participate with your community this year? Are you familiar with some of the traditions? Every year, a special traditional ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery. On the morning of the 11th, at 11AM, a group of guards from each of the military services, pay their respects to those who died at war in a powerful ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  A key part of this tradition is when the sitting President/designated representative places a wreath at the Tomb and a bugler sounds “Taps” which is very moving. The ceremony moves to the Memorial Amphitheater, adjacent to the Tomb, where more acts of respect are performed; a “Parade of Flags” by Veterans service organizations is also part of the second half of the ceremonies performed on that day.

The Veterans Day National Committee which organizes the ceremonies, also supports a number of Veterans Day Regional Sites: There are 67 sites in 39 states and the sites hold a variety of community celebrations, on Veterans Day, to honor the living and to keep the memories of loved ones lost alive. What saddens me is that even though we honor our Veterans with such great ceremonies, there are some who remain un-cared for in our society. Our collective contributions are critical to helping all our Veterans cope especially those who came home with PTSDs. The moving poem below is a reminder that not all our Vets have fared well. They need our support! If you are motivated to do good this Holiday season, remember to support your local Veterans.

Invisible: co-written by Paul Callus & Carolyn Devonshire
clad in rags, he wanders on Wall Street
he is invisible to hustling stock brokers
he is a man with no money, no property
a hapless struggler of excessive loan burdens

bitter winter winds blow across Broadway
he is invisible to affluent theatre-goers wearing warm winter coats
he is a man who watches them scurry past the cardboard box that is his bed
like a rain-dog, huddling in the shadows of alleys and doorways

he hears deafening explosions of New Year fireworks
he is invisible to the revellers
he is a man who cowers, recalling gunfire of a war he fought
echoing through his mind in restless nights
the incessant thumping of traumatic stress

he is invisible…a victim of post-Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq
who once bore a uniform and served his country with pride
he is invisible suffering alone, paying the price
through severe disabilities and permanent scars

with sadness, he watches voters going to the polls
he is invisible, a veteran with no voice in elections
he is a man who cannot vote without an “address”
a placard on a pavement might catch the eye

unemployed, homeless, unseen
but most of all forgotten
he is a man who seems invisible
but he is still a man
This is co-written by Paul Callus & Carolyn Devonshire
in remembrance of our war veterans. Copyright © 2015 Paul Callus Via PoetrySoup.com

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for October and November are:

10/05 – SMILE – World Smile Day
10/12 – DISCOVER – Columbus Day
10/19 – COMMUNITY – UN Day & Make A Difference Day
10/26 – FEAR – Halloween Day

11/02 – LEGACY/REMEMBRANCE – All Souls/All Saints Day (11/1)
11/09 – HONORING VETERANS – Veteran’s Day (11/11) &
11/16 – OUR CHILDREN – Universal Children’s Day/World Children’s Day (11/20) & Great American Smokeout Day (11/19)
11/23 – GIVING THANKS – Thanksgiving Day! (11/26)
11/30 – REVISIT KINDNESS – World Kindness Day (11/13)

More Below!

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” Jeff Miller

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans - 2015 Veterans Day Poster via Dept of Veteran’s Affairs

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans – 2015 Veterans Day Poster via Dept of Veteran’s Affairs

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans - 2015 Veterans Day - Symbols of honor

Motivation Mondays: Honoring All Veterans – 2015 Veterans Day – Symbols of honor

The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment. Judd Gregg

How do we honor those who served courageously? I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, one thing that stands out for me on Veterans Day is the spirit of gratitude that many express towards our servicemen and women. Our gratitude must be followed with concrete action to help those in need. Find out through your local channels if a Veteran in your community is in need of help, then do something to make a difference. Be motivated to help when/where needed this season. My prayer is that all of us will remember to give thanks for the blessings of freedom and peace we enjoy. Let us add Peace & Service to the top of our special list of gifts we plan to share with family, friends and ultimately, with the world throughout this holiday season. May peace prevail in our hearts. What does this day mean to you? How do you honor Veterans Day? Thank you!

Eyes of Blue by Arlene Smith
A people persecuted beyond imagination;
To help them he felt, was his obligation.
He joined the army in World War II;
Not knowing his hell would be Eyes of Blue.

When he reached Normandy, the beaches were red.
Crawling over his brothers who lay already dead.
To give this tyrant, this devil his due;
Not knowing his own demons, would be Eyes of Blue.

He rounded a building securing a town;
A young German soldier was just coming round.
He plunged his bayonet, the quicker of the two;
Killing the young soldier, with Eyes of Blue.

He knelt down beside him with tears in his eyes;
How long this moment would last, he did not realize.
He closed the eyes as he thought he should do;
Thinking never again to see those Eyes of Blue.

The victor over many in Germany and Japan;
It was always difficult taking life from a man.
None would haunt him, this he now knew;
As long as the soldier, with Eyes of Blue.

He died an old man, to heaven he went;
For this honorable soldier, mercy was sent.
First time since the war, so sad but true;
A peaceful sleep, not seeing Eyes of Blue.
Copyright © 2015 Arlene Smith   Via PoetrySoup.com

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS:   Poems via PoetrySoup.com Zen Stories via Read.Goodweb  All Photos: Veteran’s DayVeterans-Armistice Day, via Wikipedia. VD Poster, via Dept of Veteran’s Affairs. Public Domain Free | Attribution Photos  and/or via Wikipedia and/or from my Personal Collection.

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225 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracy Campbell permalink
    09/11/2015 3:20 pm

    Hi Eliz, thank you for remembering Veterans, and here in Canada on the 11th we will also be remembering our Veterans.
    Blessings,
    Tracy

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  2. Masshole Mommy permalink
    09/11/2015 3:37 pm

    I am married to one, so I definitely have an appreciation for the sacrifice!

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  3. April G permalink
    09/11/2015 3:58 pm

    I think we should do something for veterans, especially since my son is home from school that day.

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  4. Travel Blogger permalink
    09/11/2015 4:55 pm

    Veterans day has always had a special place for me, but now that my husband is in the service I find it even more meaningful.

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  5. Michele permalink
    09/11/2015 5:36 pm

    Beautiful and very meaningful poetry. I will never understand why our government doesn’t do more for the men and women who return from the war zones. Too many are left to scavenge what they can–I salute them all and thank them for keeping our land peaceful and free. I do what I can which is not much at this stage of my life-but they do have my undying gratitude.

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  6. Claudette Esterine permalink
    09/11/2015 5:56 pm

    I hope you will forgive me but all I can say is thank you for writing a great post. The thoughts were profound. Namaste

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  7. Liz Mays permalink
    09/11/2015 6:33 pm

    It makes me happy when communities organize events to support veterans. War can have irreversible effects on veterans that continue even after they’re home.

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  8. danavento permalink
    09/11/2015 7:00 pm

    I am so happy to see a dedicated post honoring the veterans! Could never say thank you more for all their service

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  9. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    09/11/2015 7:22 pm

    What a sweet post!!!! I give a big thanks to anyone who has ever served. We owe them so much!

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  10. Heather permalink
    09/11/2015 8:11 pm

    My child’s school had a verterans day assembly last week where he learned about how Vets served our country. I also heard of another initiative to change your front porch light to green to show Veterans your support.

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  11. 09/11/2015 10:07 pm

    Do you have poppies on Veteran’s day as we do on Remembrance day?

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  12. Pearliza Paguio permalink
    09/11/2015 10:25 pm

    A salute to all veterans.

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  13. top5life permalink
    09/11/2015 11:12 pm

    It’s very important that we stay motivated. Without motivation it isn’t possible to succeed in anything.

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  14. Onica{MommyFactor} permalink
    10/11/2015 12:12 am

    I’m so proud for all veterans, they’re deserve to give a pledge.

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  15. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    10/11/2015 12:15 am

    Although I am a pacifist I appreciate what the soldiers/ veterans have sacrifice to serve our country. It takes a lot of courage.

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  16. Esme Sy permalink
    10/11/2015 1:53 am

    What a beautiful way to honor the veterans. I love the poem.

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  17. The Binder Ladies (@thebinderladies) permalink
    10/11/2015 2:37 am

    This is beautiful! As a veteran, I absolutely appreciate it!

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  18. MommysGoneShopnAgain (@MomGoShopnAgain) permalink
    10/11/2015 3:13 am

    I am very thankful for our veterans. Many of them gave up their lives for our freedom and that can never be repaid. Happy Veterans Day to all who have served!

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  19. Acadiana'sThriftyMom (@acadianathrifty) permalink
    10/11/2015 3:16 am

    What a beautiful post! An amazing way to thank your veterans ❤

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  20. Coupon Diva (@RealCouponDiva) permalink
    10/11/2015 3:37 am

    “all gave some, but some gave all” – we must always remember and honor our veterans…

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  21. amittenfull permalink
    10/11/2015 4:35 am

    THANK YOU for taking time to write this tribute in honor of our Veterans. My Dad and husband both served and I am thankful to them and every single one that sacrificed their lives for our freedom!

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  22. listen2mama permalink
    10/11/2015 5:01 am

    What an important day Veteran’s Day is. So thankful for what all of these people have done for our country. May God bless them all.

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  23. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    10/11/2015 5:30 am

    We cannot thank those who laid down their lives to give us the freedom we are enjoying today. I would think the best way is to approach them and thank them personally.

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  24. Quamarul Islam Manna permalink
    10/11/2015 6:05 am

    I really respect Armed forces. The army is from which country is not a matter to me.
    This day is the ending day of the World War I. So I really respect this day.

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  25. Fred permalink
    10/11/2015 6:34 am

    We should really spend a day to remember people who bravely went to war to fight for our democracy. We should not forget their sacrifice for us to enjoy our freedom that they won for us.

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  26. platypus6 permalink
    10/11/2015 7:25 am

    Our Veteran’s our so important. Really important to think about how we can take action for them!

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  27. Claire'scomfycorner permalink
    10/11/2015 8:02 am

    We are free today because of the soldiers who have fought for our freedom x

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  28. Daileo Paleo (@DaileoPaleo) permalink
    10/11/2015 8:33 am

    What a lovely tribute to our veterans. I especially liked Still A Soldier by Timothy Emmons.

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  29. Liz Mays permalink
    10/11/2015 8:56 am

    I appreciate how you suggested finding ways to help local veterans. That’s a wonderful idea!

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  30. Nova permalink
    10/11/2015 9:14 am

    This is a really great way to honor those people who risk their lives to protect the country.

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  31. tara pittman permalink
    10/11/2015 10:15 am

    My son is in the Navy so Veterans day takes on new meaning to me.

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  32. livingoffloveandcoffee permalink
    10/11/2015 10:31 am

    I am all about celebrating and honoring out Veterans. My brother serves in the Army and my father and belated grandfather are veterans.

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  33. michelle permalink
    10/11/2015 11:30 am

    those poems are beautiful and incredibly meaningful.

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  34. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    10/11/2015 11:59 am

    MY FIL is a WW2 vet, he is 93 now and my husband is also a vet. To all the vets in the world, thank you for your services.

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  35. upliftingfam permalink
    10/11/2015 12:46 pm

    I am thankful for the men and women who serve our country. They sacrifice so much and so do their families.

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  36. Lexie Lane permalink
    10/11/2015 1:09 pm

    I’m so thankful in all veterans and we’re so proud for them.

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  37. Stephanie Pass permalink
    10/11/2015 1:17 pm

    I am so grateful for our veterans, that they put their lives on the line for us to keep our freedom.

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  38. Jonathan Key permalink
    10/11/2015 3:14 pm

    This is a beautiful tribute to honor our veterans. I like the poems and really liked this quote too:

    “Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.” Charles B. Rangel

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  39. Michelle Solee (@michisolee) permalink
    10/11/2015 4:06 pm

    Yes I agree that Veterans deserve this special day because they gave their life for the country. We should be thankful for the freedom that they gave.

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  40. Michelle F. permalink
    10/11/2015 4:37 pm

    Those are some really good pictures that honor veterans. Though I don’t personally know a vet I appreciate all they have done for our country.

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  41. Travel Quest permalink
    10/11/2015 6:15 pm

    Veterans deserve respect and support. We are so lucky that this people sacrifice their life and their time to be with their family to fight for our safety.

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  42. Jason Panuelos permalink
    10/11/2015 7:00 pm

    It’s so important to remember the veterans and their incredible sacrifices. So touching 🙂

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  43. Brianna George permalink
    10/11/2015 7:10 pm

    We live very close to the military base for the 101st Airborne. This is our first year here on Veterans day in Clarksville. I can only imagine what the city has planned. We will be part of it I am sure, just not sure how yet.

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  44. The Binder Ladies (@thebinderladies) permalink
    10/11/2015 7:29 pm

    Great history on Veteran’s Day! Thanks so much for sharing this – everyone should definitely thank a Veteran!

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  45. SixFeetUnderBlog permalink
    10/11/2015 7:49 pm

    Wow, what a lot of motivation mondays out there. I love doin those kind of posts.

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  46. Angie@chasingmyhalo permalink
    10/11/2015 9:04 pm

    Well said. It’s such an important date. I didn’t know November 11th was the date because of that first parade. Interesting!

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  47. Claudette Esterine permalink
    10/11/2015 9:28 pm

    My prayer is that we all can use the day to remember what is means to be at peace – in our hearts, between peoples and countries. Let there be peace on Earth. Namaste

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  48. chbernard permalink
    10/11/2015 9:43 pm

    This is beautiful thank you so much for sharing this post. I love the poem ‘Invisable’ they are all great but this is my favourite!

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  49. thedealmatchmaker permalink
    10/11/2015 10:47 pm

    I agree with you we have the responsibility to act. I always want to join the Army

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  50. asbestrecipes permalink
    10/11/2015 11:33 pm

    Beautiful poem so much to think about important to celebrate veterans

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  51. Miss Millennia Mag (@MissMillMag) permalink
    10/11/2015 11:52 pm

    Happy Veterans Day!! And this is such motivational post on specific great occasion!!

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  52. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert permalink
    11/11/2015 12:49 am

    Veterans have done so much for this country! It’s always a good thing to recognize their sacrifice!

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  53. ceemee permalink
    11/11/2015 1:13 am

    Our soldiers are our heroes. It’s wonderful there’s a day like this to honor them. I hope here in the Philippines, the soldiers won’t be used as means to achieve a corrupted end by those in the government.

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  54. Fernando Ceballos Lachica permalink
    11/11/2015 4:06 am

    Veterans made their lives for the country and honoring them is a blessing. They’re heroes for our hearts and dreams.

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  55. Jaclyn Anne permalink
    11/11/2015 4:29 am

    To me, Veteran’s day means honoring all the men and woman who have fought for our freedom.

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  56. Raymond permalink
    11/11/2015 4:54 am

    After I’ve read the Lead Without A Title book of Robin Sharma, I have appreciated the veterans and all those who serve the military for our safety and comfort. This is a good way to honor them too. 🙂

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  57. franckxethee permalink
    11/11/2015 5:31 am

    It’s really important to honor the veterans because of their contributions. It would also be good to learn from their experience.

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  58. Diane and Lisa (@those2girls) permalink
    11/11/2015 6:07 am

    Here in Canada we refer to this day as Remembrance Day.

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  59. Heidi Spears-Gray permalink
    11/11/2015 7:00 am

    Thanks for posting this! We all need to honor those who are willing to fight to protect us!

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  60. Nova permalink
    11/11/2015 7:05 am

    Veterans and those who are still actively serving the country should always be given a honor to show them that we do care of them protecting us.

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  61. stepmomsareus permalink
    11/11/2015 7:30 am

    What a great post about the history of this special day. I do appreciate all of our vets and the sacrifices they made for our country.

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  62. Karla (Karla Around The World) permalink
    11/11/2015 7:35 am

    The poem Invisible got to me. It was rather very sad. Just picturing that invisible person, forgotten in a corner is just so sad.

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  63. Eileen xo permalink
    11/11/2015 9:59 am

    A beautiful tribute to ourVeterans – they sacrafice so much

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  64. Travel Blogger permalink
    11/11/2015 10:02 am

    Vets definitely deserve more recognition about the struggles they face coming home.

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  65. Coupon Diva (@RealCouponDiva) permalink
    11/11/2015 11:54 am

    all gave some – but some really gave all – and all of them have to be honored and acknowledged today

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  66. Lady Anne Louise Barrun permalink
    11/11/2015 2:08 pm

    This is great post. Honoring our veterans.

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  67. Aci Girl permalink
    11/11/2015 5:12 pm

    Dedicated their efforts and even own life to serve and fight for their country.

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  68. Esme Sy permalink
    11/11/2015 5:30 pm

    We should always be grateful for what they have done for us. And it shouldn’t stop there. If there is a way we can help a vet or his family, we should help.

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  69. Karen permalink
    11/11/2015 5:42 pm

    We owe them our lives. Salute to all the brave veterans anywhere in the world.

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  70. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    11/11/2015 5:47 pm

    We should honor the Veterans. In my country this event is called Hari Pahlawan, there will be a event like this and we can send flowers, notes or donation to the foundation.

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  71. callista83 permalink
    11/11/2015 6:08 pm

    It’s called Remembrance Day here in Canada and I participated in two different ceremonies which was nice.

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  72. phyliciamarie permalink
    11/11/2015 7:29 pm

    I am always in awe of veterans because of what they have been through, all in the name of the country they serve. They have incredible dedication to the cause, and I hope everyone can return the favor by helping out veterans in the community, like you said.

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  73. Vidya Sudarsan (@IDP_Vidya) permalink
    11/11/2015 9:55 pm

    Very nice post. I will be reading some of your other links too.

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  74. Miss Millennia Mag (@MissMillMag) permalink
    12/11/2015 2:32 am

    Loved this post and its great way to remember special heroes of our freedom!!

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  75. Melisa Sanchez permalink
    12/11/2015 6:08 am

    The husband of my sister inlaw he is a veteran, and I salute all veteranians personally I honor them because of their passions service and love to our country.

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  76. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    12/11/2015 6:24 am

    It’s sad that sometimes people does not even have respect for Veterans. They sacrificed a lot!

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  77. Nicole Keener permalink
    12/11/2015 7:40 am

    My husband is a veteran so are my in laws and half of my husbands family. We had a Patriotic night at Awana as well. It was a great day .

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  78. Tiffany Yong permalink
    12/11/2015 9:35 am

    In China and Taiwan, 11 November is singles’ day, basically because it has loads of 1s. We’ve never heard of Veteran’s day…

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  79. Yvonne Bertoldo permalink
    12/11/2015 1:41 pm

    We also have something like this in our country but it’s not too fancy. Showing that we appreciate all the hard work and dedication they put through their work before is very important

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  80. NPC permalink
    12/11/2015 3:46 pm

    What a great way to honor the veterans. They fought for our freedom.

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  81. tonygreene113 permalink
    12/11/2015 7:22 pm

    Great poem within the first paragraph.

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  82. Liz Mays permalink
    12/11/2015 8:11 pm

    In my last town, I usually attended a ceremony on Veteran’s Day, but I don’t think they do that here. I miss that!

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  83. tiarasandtantrums permalink
    12/11/2015 9:00 pm

    it is so important to honor our men and women veterans. I wonder if my husband remembered to call his father on this day?

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  84. foundfrolicking permalink
    12/11/2015 9:01 pm

    The poem by Arlene Smith is lovely. It hits the nail on the head, and it flows well, too. Reading it makes me miss the days where I had time to dedicate to writing poetry, drawing, or painting.

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  85. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    12/11/2015 9:14 pm

    We owe these veterans a lot, and it’s only but proper to honor them not just on Veterans Day but every day.

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  86. Chanelle permalink
    12/11/2015 9:59 pm

    Great post to honor our heroes.

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  87. michelle permalink
    12/11/2015 10:48 pm

    i would love to be at arlington cemetery for veterans day

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  88. PrayerFull Mum permalink
    13/11/2015 1:02 am

    I love this. Many people put aside the sacrifice and contributions of veterans. It’s not easy going to war and then come out of it alive!

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  89. martsvalenzuela permalink
    13/11/2015 5:05 am

    These veterans who served the country during its struggling years are worthy to receive honor and admiration from the younger generations.

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  90. Shaylee Field permalink
    13/11/2015 4:38 pm

    What a wonderful post and tribute to all veterans. Thank you!

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  91. Sojourner permalink
    13/11/2015 7:15 pm

    This is a great tribute to our veterans. I have several in my family and it always amazes me how a person can selflessly put their lives on the line to serve their country. Bravery at its finest!

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  92. Shanéy Maharaj permalink
    14/11/2015 12:14 am

    Beautiful poems. So glad to see bloggers writing about this special day.

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  93. Jeypi Kyu permalink
    14/11/2015 3:24 am

    i believe veterans are also heroes. It’s amazing that they are willing to serve the country while others simply focus on personal likes and believes. Veterans day is definitely special event that every one should remember

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  94. LifeAsAConvert permalink
    14/11/2015 7:16 pm

    Our community had a gathering, but I wasn’t able to attend.

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  95. Cebuana Mom (@cebuanamom) permalink
    15/11/2015 11:37 pm

    I have high respect for veterans. My father served the army until he’s 50.

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  96. Nicole Escat permalink
    16/11/2015 4:53 am

    Honoring the veterans is the least we can do to express our gratitude for their service

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  97. Chin chin permalink
    16/11/2015 11:29 pm

    We do need to be thankful to our Veterans. What freedom we enjoy today, we owe it to them. And we should continue to defend freedom at all times.

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  98. Chin chin permalink
    16/11/2015 11:37 pm

    We do need to be thankful to our Veterans. What freedom we enjoy today, we owe it to them. And we should make sure that no one takes away this freedom from us.

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  99. momglenz permalink
    17/11/2015 9:04 am

    Great post you have here! thanks for sharing…

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  100. Cai Dominguez permalink
    17/11/2015 11:34 am

    Thank you for sharing another dose of inspiration. I know the hardwork of every veterans around the globe. They deserve all the honor and recognitions. However, its saddened me to know that some if not most Filipino veterans are not getting their benefits.

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  101. Nicole Escat permalink
    18/11/2015 1:24 am

    I love the inspiration brought about by this post. Indeed, our veterans are worthy of honor and gratitude

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  102. Nilyn Matugas permalink
    18/11/2015 10:28 am

    Hats off to all the veterans! All really deserve to be respected for their selfless service.

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  103. nilyncartagena permalink
    18/11/2015 10:29 am

    Hats off to all the veterans! All really deserve to be respected for their selfless service.

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  104. Grace permalink
    18/11/2015 5:02 pm

    i have high respect for the veterans and their stories. when my lolo was still alive, he often unfold new stories to discover that no textbook ever mentioned.

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  105. Mommy Maye permalink
    18/11/2015 5:21 pm

    I have always high honors to all our veterans who fought for our freedom. If it weren’t for them, we might not here and enjoying freedom.

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  106. Melgie permalink
    20/11/2015 4:39 am

    Honoring the Veterans is great way to “thank them” for their service to the country and keeping them peace. Big Salute to them!

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  107. Sarah permalink
    29/11/2015 8:31 pm

    Kudos to our warriors who left their families and loved ones to serve the nation.

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  108. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen permalink
    30/11/2015 12:37 pm

    We should reaally give honor to our veterans. They fought for us.

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  109. Allan permalink
    01/12/2015 9:51 pm

    Here, veterans are being neglected even by the government especially the benefits they should receive.

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  110. Jessica Hughes permalink
    09/11/2017 3:04 pm

    I do love the gratitude shown by so many on Veteran’s Day but I absolutely agree that needs to be followed up with action. We need to do a much better job taking care of our veterans and the families left behind when a soldier gives the ultimate sacrifice.

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  111. Belinda permalink
    09/11/2017 5:17 pm

    I have bought a poppy for Remembrance day. And we always do a minutes silence too 🙂

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  112. Carol Cassara permalink
    09/11/2017 6:50 pm

    There is no better day to honor our Veterans than on this day. I think it’s really important that we show them how much we appreciate them for their service to our country. They have given their lives to allow us to live freely.

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  113. Paris Anderson permalink
    09/11/2017 7:05 pm

    My dad served 20 years in the Army and honoring our veterans has always been so important to me.

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  114. mybigfathappylife permalink
    09/11/2017 7:07 pm

    My dad served 20 years in the Army and honoring our nation’s veterans has always been so important to me.

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  115. Monica permalink
    09/11/2017 7:52 pm

    This is beautiful and actually makes me tear up thinking about the sacrifices that so many make for our freedom. “Still a soldier” is poignant and powerful too.

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  116. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    10/11/2017 1:58 am

    We all should honor all veterans. Service men and women do for our country what others would not and some give the ultimate sacrifice. I served my country and am proud to have done so. Thanks for sharing this awesome post and thank you to all those who have serviced along with those who are serving.

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  117. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    10/11/2017 3:50 am

    Wonderful post in honor of veterans! They give so much and deserve recognition for their dedication.

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  118. Corinne and Kirsty permalink
    10/11/2017 6:13 am

    I think it is super important to honor veterans. They have given their life to protect a country, a society and ultimately make life safer for citizens. So it must be honored

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  119. brigettedanielle permalink
    10/11/2017 7:56 am

    Thank you for honoring our veterans! My cousins served in Afghanistan and my grandfather served in WWII. I am so thankful for them and all the others that serve.

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  120. Marnie Bonafe Torro permalink
    10/11/2017 8:56 am

    Coming from the Philippines, it’s nice to know how you celebrate veterans in your country! They really do deserve all the appreciation!

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  121. Melanie Poulos Walsh permalink
    10/11/2017 9:50 am

    So thankful for the men and women who have served our country. I love reading the poem “In Flanders Fields” on Veteran’s Day. It’s a great reminder of the sacrifice servicepeople have given.

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