Gratitude Challenge – November 11 – Thankful for Service of Veterans

Gratitude Challenge – November 11 – Thankful for Service of Veterans

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I am thankful for this Veterans Day in the USA as we remember all those who have served (and are serving) our country in the military, especially those who died during their service. I also am thankful for those parents, spouses, partners, and families who sacrifice so much while their loved ones are away serving in the military.


Fortunately, none of the people I know personally have lost their lives while serving in the military, but my thoughts and prayers go out to all those family members and friends who have lost loved ones who died while defending our country.


In memory and thanks to my parents and all who have served/are serving in the military.


My parents served in Korea in the 1950s; Mom in the Air Force and Dad in the Army. Even though their earthly remains reside in the Veterans Cemetery in New Hampshire, I know their spirits are alive and well in their heavenly home.


So for Veterans Day, I thought  I would share a few quotes from The Quote Garden about this special day.


It is easy to take liberty for granted,

when you have never had it taken from you.” 

~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler


How important it is for us to recognize

and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

~Maya Angelou


This nation will remain the land of the free

only so long as it is the home of the brave.” 

~Elmer Davis


The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name

and the inheritance of a great example.”

~Benjamin Disraeli


And I’m proud to be an American,

where at least I know I’m free.

And I won’t forget the men who died,

who gave that right to me.”

~Lee Greenwood


Our veterans left everything they knew and loved

and served with exemplary dedication and courage

so we could all know a safer America

and a more just world.

They have been tested in ways

the rest of us may never fully understand….

On Veterans Day, and every day, let us show them

the extraordinary gratitude they so rightly deserve…”

~Barack Obama, 2015 November 5th,

quoted from The White House Office of the Press Secretary



So what are YOUR thoughts?

 Did you serve or are you serving in the military? (If so, thank you!)

Do you know someone who served or is serving in the military?

King-sized military quilt I made for a friend's son, who is a retired marine.

King-sized military quilt I made several years ago for a friend’s son, who is now a retired marine.



2 thoughts on “Gratitude Challenge – November 11 – Thankful for Service of Veterans

  1. Yesterday was a tough one at our house, as it is every year. He was drafted. He was so young and he is still trying to overcome memories, dreams and issues. New things are still coming to the surface. Some wounds never heal.

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