Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Honoring Veteran's Day....

Just wanted to pause and pay tribute to the many Veterans across our nation. We owe them so much. I guess it's probably because of Papaw's influence on my life, but I always find myself noticing a Veteran's license tag, imagining what his particular war experience was like. Other times, I'll pass an older gentleman wearing a cap that says, "Vietnam Veteran" or "Korean War Veteran". And I stop and imagine what massive change was effected in his life because of the simple words printed on that cap.

Even though this last week represented a sad change for our country, and John McCain's personal defeat for the presidency, for some odd reason I picked this week to read his book, "Faith of My Fathers". I highly recommend that you read this book, and I only wish I would have read it sooner. Even though I already knew his story, hearing the whole thing in his own words certainly provides better insight into what makes this man who he is- the good and the not-so-good. He endured great suffering, and shares the stories of other men who endured more torture than he. Yet the CODE that they lived by as servants of the USA is inspiring, and tear-inducing.

Thank you, men and women of the U.S. Armed forces...past and present! You are truly the unsung heroes that make our way of life possible. God bless you.

7 comments:

kayla said...

I knew that if anyone posted a tribute today it would be you. Thanks for reminding us to give our thanks.
Wasn't your award winning essay in high school on veteran's?

Toots said...

I'm with you, Tara. We owe many much, and I'm ever grateful.

Marty said...

From one greatful grandaughter to another...well written!! Both of my grandfathers served our country with pride. Now that my brother in law is in active duty...it is closer to home what the military really live through. We ARE blessed to have men and women to sacrifice for my family's freedom!

Thanks for the sweet comment about Emma Grace! We are doing great!

Sonja said...

Thanks for the post. I always feel proud of my dad today. Grateful he never saw combat, but proud that he did his duty! =)

Kimberly said...

McCain's story is always emotional to hear....a true hero!

Juwah said...

Tara;

So good and give your Pawpaw an extra hug of thanks from me. I really want to read the McCain book now.

Kim M. said...

There is also a VERY GOOD documentary called "Return with Honor".

Michael and I watched it a couple of weeks ago.

It made me so much more grateful for our Veterans!!!