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VETERANS DAY WEEK-END, THANK YOU VETERANS


Thank YOU
Veterans
and
Those Serving
our
Great Nation
We honor all who have served and we thank YOU.
Many men and women have written at some point in their lives a blank check payable to the United States Government for an amount that has been up to and sometimes including their lives.
They have fought on behalf of their fellow brothers and sisters of the USA, with all their hearts, all their might.
They have given their lives
to serve
our Country
with PRIDE, with INTEGRITY
some gave all
All
gave more than we could ever imagine
 
 
It is my sincere HOPE
that we all will go out of our way
cross the street if we have to
and
say
“thank you”
to men and women who have served
or
are serving
for our
country
for us
as
we remember
and
honor them
on
this
Veterans Day weekend and every day of our lives as we remember and as we take pause this weekend to honor and pay respect.
Steeped in rich history is Veterans Day
that will be celebrated in small towns, big cities across our vast Nation..
 
 
The 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day in 1918 was when a temporary armistice was signed bringing an end to hostilities of World War I. 
 
Congress approved the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony inaugurating the memorial happens on Nov. 11, 1921, and the official federal holiday goes into effect.
If you have never visited there, I strongly urge you to make that trip someday, to sit in pride, awe and honor as those men walk that walk 24/7 to
protect and honor the Tomb of the Unknown. The honor of those walking that walk were not deterred in storm, rain nor snow even with Super Storm Sandy of recent weeks.
 
 Congress passes legislation making Nov. 11 a legal holiday and calling it officially “Armistice Day.” Federal offices would close, as well as courts and banks would do no business on Nov. 11 to mark the occasion; Federal workers now take the Monday preceding Veterans Day off, Postal workers, Banks all are closed, as are many other businesses as well.
Of course that excludes health care facilities and HOSPICE
whose doors are always open .
 
President Eisenhower would later change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954. Additionally, Eisenhower would create a Veterans Day National Committee that would oversee any observances planned within the federal government regarding Veterans Day. It wouldn’t be until 1989 that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs would chair the committee when the Cabinet-level position was created.
 
Congress passed the Monday Holiday Law, making four Mondays throughout the year a federal holiday, including Veterans Day. The official celebration was the fourth Monday in October starting in 1971. When confusion set in as to when the actual Veterans Day observance occurred, some states moved the observance back to mid-November.
 
No matter what day of the week upon which it falls, Veterans Day has been observed in American on Nov. 11 since 1978. Parades that honor living veterans occur in cities and towns all across the nation. Flags fly in the nation’s capital as Washington, D.C. honors soldiers who have fought in wartime.
 
So there you go, a bit of history,
a lot of love and memories of those who have served.
Native Americans have fought in every battle since the Revolutionary wars and the Code Talkers were instrumental in bringing us through WWII and we honor them for their service as we remember our Veterans this weekend and as many gather to remember.
 
With thoughts today of our beloved:
Enso Bighinatti (Bighi), Gilbert C Eller, Frank Eller, Bud Eller, JT Eller, William Brown, Warner Osborne, 
George Outlaw, “The Code Talkers”, Col. Dallas Cox,
Frank Mancinelli, Mr Cone, Vinnie Scelzo,
and
the many others who served and have fallen for our freedoms.
 
Those who served in Vietnam,
John Lyons, John Dennis, WIllie Schaeffer, Mike Mathis, Ross Collins, Jimmy K, Stephen M O’Connell, Joe, Pop Springs, 
ALL WARS SINCE THE BEGINNING
and
VietNam
 
Desert Storm
 
The Middle East Iraq, Afghanistan, and just everywhere in all conflicts
Those brave Women, Men, their service animals and the decisions and skills along with sacrifices and families and friends holding tightly to faith.
For those who now stand
Those who are SERVING
 
We thank you
and
your families
 
and we pray for you always
and hold memories as treasures
with each glimpse of the red white and blue.
 
ARe you flying your
flag with pride today?
 
I AM
each and every day
with
pride and honor.
.
 
 
 
 
 
There was a time when many visited the VA Hospitals often, celebrities too. Making the rounds, cheering those men and women up as much as they can.
I remember hearing Montel Williams telling
Oprah that he does that, and then went on to say
“celebrities aren’t doing that much anymore”;
they are not knocking on the doors or walking into the rooms of Veterans and those who have come home
after leaving an arm or legs over there or parts of their minds and hearts over there.
I can’t remember ever a celebrity or public figure going to the home of families with such profound loss and sitting at the kitchen table just to talk about the remarkable man or woman that have given all for our country.
Those are stories that we need to hear about, that is the fabric that flags fly and represent in the hearts of all who stand beside graves and feel the pride and missing of their relations about.
 
 
Take a look at
Arlington National Cemetery
where more than 300 burials are happening daily
look online at the many white markers
listen to the sounds of
Taps
“Some gave all”
All gave more than I can imagine,
returning to families and children
and parents and grandparents
forever changed by their experiences
and
we are free
sleeping in our beds, showering with hot water
Freedom is not free
THANK YOU VETERANS
Thank you those who are serving
our Great Nation
and for caring for me and my family, my friends and my Nation.
 
Our colors do not run,
they never have and never will.
We are the
HOME OF THE FREE
BECAUSE
OF
THE BRAVE  
Today and everyday,
I give tremendous thanks
to our Veterans
and those
who serve
and so it is!
 
To those who are serving,
we want you home safely
and
we want you home safely.
To those who have served we honor you, we thank you for your service.
A shout out today to
Rolling Thunder for the work and the rides that are always being done to bring all our men and women home, to not ever stop in keeping our MIA/POW in the thoughts and hearts of all.
THANK YOU ROLLING THUNDER
for your service, your vision and your love.
  
The fire is burning brightly, the embers are hot with thoughts, prayers on the wind to those serving our nation, our Veterans and those who know who they are…
My prayers are with General David Petraeus and his family today. Thank you sir for your service to our country and I pray that you and your family heal as well as I pray that the media and press allow you the privacy that your service now should be granted with respect.
God bless our President and his family and the United STates of America
as we remember the Veterans 
over this most gracious weekend
as so many will gather to honor.
   
Walk In Beauty,
DRSES

http://www.sherryeshowalter.com

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