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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thank A Vet

Ok, ok....I didn't take the picture. I can't even pretend to have taken it as I have never seen the memorial. The photo is emotional in itself; I can not imagine the real thing...the coldness of the marble, the endless columns of names, the haunted veterans who visit it and are forced to remember. Take a few moments this Veterans Day to remember those fallen soldiers who served our country. And for those who made it home or served in times of peace.....we should all thank them for protecting what we take for granted.

credit: I stole the photo from a news source. Sorry.


Anonymous said...

I saw an interestin documentaey about Maya Lin and the making of that wall. I think a lot of people weren't happy withthe plainess of it...until they saw it and how emotionally powerful it was.

(by the way, you don't have to apologize for using photos from the web when you're acknowledging where you got it. It's only a problem when people try to pretend soemone else's photo or writing is theirs.)

Day Traveler said...

I think there is more support for our troops these days than in times past. I'm thankful for that. Many people that have never served our country in that way don't really understand what it means. In my opinion, those that serve honorably should be lifted up and treated as heros.

NCmountainwoman said...

Nice Veterans Day tribute. We definitely need to reflect on this day.

BlackenedBoy said...

The photo is pretty, even if you didn't take it.

It's easy to feel resenment towards the members of our military, what with massacres like Haditha and the attitude of entitled self-righteousness that some members of the service seem to exude when dealing with civilians--as if anyone finding value in a career outside of the military were somehow lazy or deficient.

It is important to remember, though, the selfless people who have genuinely served.

I plan to write a post at some point about my own family history, which includes numerous illustrious military records.

BlackenedBoy said...
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BlackenedBoy said...


I really feel bad for the people serving in Afghanistan. Whenever a discussion of veterans comes up, Iraq is at the top of everyone's list, but the war in Afghanistan has always been more central to what happened on 9/11.

Those soldiers and their mission are often forgotten.

My great-uncle, a thirty-year veteran of the Navy, voted for Obama this year after decades of going Republican because he couldn't follow the flawed policies of the GOP anymore.

pat said...

Blackened....The issue isn't the politics of why we are involved in any war...the issue is to honor those who served regardless of the reason or circumstance. You must seperate respect for all veterans from your personal conflicts with the neccessity of any military action. Its irrelevant why or where or who or when ....you still honor those who served and sacrificed for us.

BlackenedBoy said...

You're right, and I don't want you to think I disagree. Even if Iraq were a mistake (and that's a matter of opinion), the soldiers who served and are serving there are simply obeying orders.

To them, the party of the Commander-in-Chief is irrelevant.

I suppose that the holiday just got me to thinking about some contemporary issues, that's all.

Random Musings Of My Life said...

This is a beautiful picture. I have been to the monument. I cried. It is unbelievable to see it in person. i would highly recommend it..