Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Today is Veterans Day. Okay, so what exactly is Veterans Day and why this date? Here’s something I lifted from Wikipedia

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day,
celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

I knew about the day celebrating military veterans but the 11 significance was a new one. 

My husband was in the Army during the Vietnam War. He didn’t serve in country but was stationed here. He’d finished up his MBA and got drafted. He could have “dodged” the draft and gone on for his PhD but decided to do his bit as he put it. When he died he had a military funeral. 

Here is the flag draped over his coffin. I have it right here in my office with me. I don’t know why I have that dog on top, maybe to soften the fact that he’s gone. There’s a picture of Dave and me that one of our friends took and a picture of our four kids in an old rusted out wagon they played with all the time. He was a really good husband and dad and I’m sure he was a good soldier. 

Let me tell you…when the soldiers play taps, fold the flag then hand it to you you can actually feel your heart break.

A lot of guys and gals have done their bit. This weekend at a book fair a lady had on a US Navy sweatshirt. I asked if she served and she said yes. I shook her hand and thanked for keeping us all safe...and I really meant it. I do this a lot.

Where would we all be without these incredibly brave men and woman? We wouldn’t be sitting here in the land of the free we all known that. And for everyone of them there is/was someone home worrying and praying.

If you served in the military... Thank You. If you were the one home wringing your hands and praying like mad…Thank You. 

Tell us your military story. God bless.

Duffy Brown