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11/10/2009

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I never thought much about Veteran's Day before - didn't know any veterans - but my youngest brother joined the army a few years after 9/11, he's already a veteran of Iraq and will probably be sent to Afghanistan if and when they increase troop levels there...he's the youngest in my large family, just barely turned 25. I don't have the day off from work today so I can't do much, but I do think about the meaning of today a lot more than I used to.

I'm much like Liz. Didn't really think about Veteran's Day in the past. It wasn't until my dear daughter married a man in the Army. He has served 2 tours in Iraq. The 2nd tour he hated leaving his 1mth old son AND his again pregnant wife. I had to stand in in the delivery room for him. There was not a dry eye in the room when we were able to call my son-in-law on a cell from the delivery room so he could hear his new son.

I never thought about the military people like I do now. Regardless of our feelings on where /why they are at war.....father's and mother's still must leave their loved ones behind. My son in law left when his oldest was a month old and didn't return until after his 1st Birthday! That is a lot to miss in a child's life.

Son-in-law has to deploy the first of January for a year in Afghanistan. This time he'll be leaving behind a wife, a 3yr old son, a 2yr old son, and a 3 month old daughter.....for 13months he'll be gone. My daughter will be moving back to our home town and I pray I am helpful and a comfort for her. So yes, Veteran's Day has taken on a whole new meaning for me now.
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Blessings, Chris

I joined the army at eighteen running away from a life that others were dreaming and designing for me.

I didn't know what I wanted except a chance at something else. The seeds of something else had been there all along dormant and waiting and my time in service was the beginning of the first growing season. While I never saw combat, I was as combat ready as a woman could be in 1979.

I never forget Veterans Day and I always, always, make contact with my favorite vets to say thank you.

Yesterday, however, he presented the most thoughtful bit on Veterans Day that I have heard in quite some time. He talked about his buddies from WWII, and the ones who didn't come back. He said that he didn't really think more of them on Veterans Day than he did on any other day, and he suspected most folks were pretty much the same. There is just so much remembering one can do, he said. And he is right.

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