Veterans Day

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, November 11, 2010

 

VETERANS DAY

Today is the day designated to honor the Veterans of our Military. At the same time we honor those currently serving.

These brave men and women should be honored every day of the year and for many of us, that is the case. I have not traveled by air in a while, but whenever I do, if I see a Service person in uniform I go out of my way to thank them and shake their hand.

The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

Many (most) calendars note today as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day...but the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.

My grandfather, Ernest was a Veteran of WWI and Dad Vince is a Veteran of the Korean War. Dad wrote extensively in his memoirs MAIL CALL a soldier's worst nightmare & RECALL the rest of my story, and as I have said before, that part of the book was a complete surprise to me. I knew he had served (I used to wear his "Ike" Jacket when I was a teen) but he never talked about his time there. I now know why.

Grandpa Ernest was a Commander of his American Legion post and he was so proud of this. He would attend the funeral of any member in his full dress uniform.

They are both huge in my eyes...as are all of the men and women who served and continue to serve.

Thank you for your service, one and all..to those gone before us, may you have found your rewards. For those serving today, come home to your loved ones safe and whole.

Also, please remember I contributed to a wonderful feature honoring some blues musicians who served in the military and is featured on AMERICAN BLUES NEWS

10 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA09 Says:
  2. May the God of all creation bless those who have served this country in our time of need. May He walk with those who currently serve and give them comfort and strength. May He inhabit their families and give them courage face the days ahead as their soldier serves his country. God bless this great nation.

     
  3. Micky-T Says:
  4. I've been watching...World War II in HD on the history channel lately...blows my mind at what strength these soldiers have to follow orders into death.
    They all, present and past, deseve a lot of respect, and I do, proud that they stand up and fight for us and defend our country but it truly leaves me baffled when so many self rightious civilians and so called holy people defend a truly all loving God. I call bullshit.

     
  5. Mic is too deep for me.

     
  6. Mike Golch Says:
  7. A grand posting and a heartfelt Thank you to our servicemen and women who have are and will served our country.

     
  8. DRILLERAA: So well said Sir...thank you for that.

    MICKEY-T: I have not seen the program. Thanks for coming by and commenting, you always give me something to think about

    PHFRANKIE: But he knows how to state his feelings

    MIKE: Thanks for coming by Sir.

     
  9. Dad Vince Says:
  10. Thank you son for your comment.
    I can see your grandfather Ernie with a big smile on his face.
    Love/Dad

     
  11. JohnH985 Says:
  12. Thanks to your Father and Grandfather for their service. It's due to men and women like them that we have our freedom.

     
  13. Linda Says:
  14. Thank you to your father and to your grandfather for their contributions to keeping our country free and safe. I know exactly how you feel as my Dad will always be a hero in my eyes for his career in the Air Force.

     
  15. Barbara Says:
  16. Very nice tribute Vinny, I am thankful too.

     
  17. Travis Cody Says:
  18. Excellent message Sir.

     

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