A Veterans Day Thank You – For ALL (Giveaway Inside)

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Happy Veterans Day and a BIG Thank You to those who protect our freedom!

I wanted to take a little time out today to mention Veterans day! Today is Veterans day and it holds a personal place in my heart because my husband, Sean, served in the Air Force for 4 years. While he and I were not married at the time he served, we were friends and I remember many nights chatting with him over AOL Instant Messenger while he was in Germany and other places around the world.

(Sean is on the Ladder) From His Military Days

I’m thankful for his time in the US Air Force for many reasons, but I would say the#1 reason is because of the sense of great appreciation and respect he’s brought to our family for all who have served and serve now… for the sense how real the cost of freedom is and how we should always cherish it, be responsible with it and never take it for granted.

We know that countless others have given their lives to protect the freedom we have in this country and we are TRULY thankful and blessed.

My grandfather also served during World War II in the 42nd Rainbow Division – I know he lost his best friend during the war and I know many others have as well.

The price of freedom certainly isn’t free and remembering that and taking time to say “thank you” to family, friends, and those who have served at any time, in anyway, should not be forgotten.

All this is meant as a way to say THANK YOU to so many!  To those of you who have lost loved ones… to those of you who spend nights alone crafting, who are away from their spouses or families, and to those who have given their lives… now and years past…. We thank you and we salute you!

And…

I actually had a little chat with my friends over at Uniformed Scrapbooks of America and they offered to do a special giveaway for Above Rubies Studio followers like you as a way to honor all who serve, have served or gave their lives for our protection and freedom.

Thanks to the wonderful family over at Uniformed Scrapbooks of America who have a Giveaway for us!

Uniformed Scrapbook Album Giveaway!

I met Heather and her husband (who served in Iraq) at CHA in Chicago.  They are wonderful people who came up with these WONDERFUL Scrapbook Albums that are like NOTHING else! You can watch this quick interview I did with them while at CHA.

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How to Enter to Win the Giveaway

In order to participate in the giveaway, I’m asking for you to comment on this post with a note of remembrance, thanks, love, or a “hoo-ra!” for all those who have served or are serving now in the armed forces.

I would like to do something special with your comments and mentions of thanks – so just take a little time to do this and you will be entered for a prize pack including a goodie bag and an Album (of your choice!) from Uniform Scrapbooks of America ($40 value).

p.s. The other thing about Uniformed Scrapbooks of America is that even if you don’t need a Military or public service scrapbook, they have other themed albums too!

Comments

  1. Donna Nuce says:

    I retired after 34 years of military service. I hold in my heart love and respect for any Veteran. I know from experience how hard it is to serve. God bless our Veteran’s and God bless the USA.

    • Nancy Dickson says:

      I am proud to tell you that my husband and daughter served in the US Air Force. My husband retired in 2008 with 25 years service. He is now an civilian instructor for jet engines at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX. Our daughter served for 6 years in the US Air Force with two tours in Afghanistan. My husband and our daughter gave so much of their lives to their military service, but they also received so much back from the USAF. My husband received his Bachelor’s degree in 2003 and our daughter is currently working on finishing her Bachelor’s degree. When I see young people not appropriately saluting our flag when the national anthem is played, I wonder if they really understand the freedom this country has given them because our military members fought for that freedom. Thanks to all those who have served and are serving in the US Military.

  2. Patty Hasenyager says:

    I am proud to say that I have a husband that served in Vietnam. He put his life on the line, and I am glad that he came home so that I could meet him. He is a great man that has risen above the troubles of the time. I give all respect to him and to all of our men and women in the armed forces. Be ye brave and fight for our freedoms.

  3. Lori Northon says:

    My father, who passed away in 2007, inlisted in the National Guard in 1939, when he was 17 years old – he lied about his age in order to inlist. When WWII was declared, he was released from the National Guard in order to inlist in the Army. When the Army/Air Corp was created he was selected to become a bomber pilot, and eventually a flight instructor. At the end of WWII he was discharged from the Army, and immediately inlisted in the newly created Air Force. He went on to become a Command Pilot of B52s, was also an Accident Investigator, and served in the Command Post. When he finally retired from the Air Force in 1965, he went to work for The Boeing Company, here in Seattle, where he helped to write the flight manuals for Air Force One until he retired a second time in 1983. I cannot begin to tell you how proud I have always been of my father, his accomplishments, and his service to our country. I wish he were still with us so I could thank him for his patriotism and for his many years of service to his country. My heartfelt gratitude goes out today to all the courageous men and women who have served our country over the years.

  4. Jennifer H says:

    A big THANK YOU to all those who have served and to those who are serving this great country! I appreciate you defending our country and keeping us safe. Each and every serviceman and servicewoman should be so very proud of what you have done and/or are doing. Thank you!!!

  5. Merry says:

    God Bless America and all the many, many Service Men and Women who have served and who are serving to keep our country free! We appreciate you, we love you and we pray for your safety. My husband came from a military family where their father and 4 of the 6 boys were all in the Service, three of them making it their career, i.e., Army, Air Force, and Marines!

  6. denise Emmerich says:

    A big URAH to all those who are serving now, or served in the past. My DH is a retired Marine with a little over 20 years in. We are so proud of him and all the fighting men and women who have given so freely their lives so we, as a nation, can remain free.

  7. I want to say a BIG “Thank You” to all of our MILITARY! My hubby served 24 years, my Daddy served 27! I am proud to be a “Navy wide” and a “Air Force daughter”! I work with the Military everyday, and I know the sacrifices they give to our country, please remember to “Thank” them for all they do! God Bless them near and far, thank you for making all of us safe.

  8. pattie weingardt says:

    I too want to thank all of our service men and women for our freedom. I am very proud of my husband who served in Viet Nam. I am just so proud to be an American.

  9. Sandy Handrich says:

    My new son in law was injured in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger shortly after he and my daughter started dating. He spent 2 yrs and some 16 surgeries in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during which time he lost his Father to a short battle with cancer directly related to his exposure to agent orange during the Vietnam war.. Praise the Lord he is walking and working as a civilian and they were married this past July! All things we prayed for but weren’t sure would be possible. Thank you to Captain Paul Cote Jr. and Paul Cote Sr. and all the other Paul Cote’s out there who have given so much for our freedom. Your sacrifice and bravery are appreciated beyond any words I have to express.my thankfulness. May God Bless our Troops and place a hedge of protection around each and every one of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  10. Fran MacPherson says:

    My special thanks to ALL who serve in the military, for protecting my country. You are all so appreciated and we don’t do enough for you to say THANK YOU to infinity. My nephew had two tours in Iraq and I am truly grateful he made it home. My heart goes out to those families who have lost loved ones. I hope the boys and girls come home soon to be reunited with their dear hearts.

  11. Julie in ALabama says:

    Thanks to all who served in the military and other service organizations. As the wife of a retired Army aviator and mother of a son who served in the Navy (as well as having my father-in-law, 4 brother-in-laws, an uncle, a nephew, and a niece who served in various branches of the military), I know well how the military life can be. I want to give a shout-out of thanks to all the family members who stood behind their loved ones while they served out country. I know they too sacrificed for their country by supporting their veterans’ choice to serve. Thanks to all who are currently serving as well!

  12. Jan Foselli says:

    A huge THANK YOU to those who are serving now & those who have served in the past. My cousin lost his life in Vietnam and my Dad was a Military Police Officer after WWII in Germany. My uncle Jon was a ‘subber’ in WWII and there were a lot of time that no one heard from him or about him. Protecting our freedom is the noblest of careers and God Bless those who do it for us!

  13. Noreen says:

    May we never forget those who have served our countries, in the past, present, & those who will serve in the future.
    I will never forget the young men I have known who have not returned, and also my Grandfather who served in WW2 & was lucky enough to return. God bless you all

  14. Susan Rude says:

    Thank you each and everyone for their service to our great country. The dedication and loyalty are to be commended on this Veterans Day as well as every day. Also a big Thank you to all of us who love and support our Veterans around the World. Today is a big day and well deserved. So HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

  15. Ronda L says:

    Thank you to all who have served. That includes my grandfather (WWI), my father (WWII), my brother, my 2 sons. One served in Air Force and was in Saudi during Desert Storm. The other was i the Navy. We need to pray for those still serving and for our country – it needs it now more than ever. God bless the USA.

  16. Thank you to all who serve this country! My DH is a 20 year AF veteran and a decorated Desert Shield/Storm Vet. He has endowed our family with a strong sense of service and patriotism. He is a true patriot and my hero.

  17. Ramona Piper says:

    A big thank you to all service men and to my father who served in the Korean War

    HAPPY VETERNS DAY to all

  18. Jane Dubois says:

    My father served in WW II and in looking at the pictures he brought and sent home when I put together a Military Album in his memory, I know that he was honored and happy to serve his country. It was probably one of the most valuable times of his life when what he was doing meant more than just service. He followed up his service by joining the town police force as a part time officer. Thank you to all of you who are veterans and have or are serving our country.

  19. Karen Gibson says:

    God Bless those who keep us FREE!
    My Father, Father-in-law, Uncle, Brother and Ex have all served in the military. Some gave all (uncle) and ALL gave some. Happy Veterans Day!

  20. Tina Johnston says:

    Thanks to all the veterans who have kept our country safe. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed!
    Special thanks to my dad, father-in-law and brother-in law for your years of service!

  21. Kathy says:

    I am proud to say that I am a veteran, and I thank all veterans and active duty alike. We have been able to, and continue to sleep safe at night in freedom. I currently work on a military installation supporting the men and women in Iraq, and it is such an honor to do so.
    Happy Veteran’s Day

  22. MARGARET says:

    My husband, David, spent 20 years in the US NAVY and I am so proud of him and the others who have
    servered their country. Happy Veteran’s Day and a HUGE thank you to all. I want to say thanks to the
    families that have stayed home and prayed for their love ones, somethimes that is the hardest job in the Military. THANKS Thanks and Thanks so very much. God Bless you all.

  23. angelic says:

    Thank you to each and every service member past and present. We have you to thank for our grateful nation. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -JFK

    -Proud USMC Wife:)

  24. Rita says:

    My dad was in the Korean war. My brother was in the Navy then the army for qutie a few years.
    I am so thankful for brave men and women you are willing to protect our country.

  25. Marcia says:

    Thank you to all the military personnel who have protected our country. My thoughts are with all of those men and women who have returned to our country with mental and physical ailments. Those who don’t have a job. Those who are still alive but are unable to have a quality life because of injuries suffered for us while they were fighting for our freedom. We need to remember and help them now. Thank you and prayers to all of you.

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you to all who have served in the past and are serving now. To all the military families that give up much as well so that their husband ,wife or other family member can protect our freedom.

  26. Susan L. Resnick says:

    Thank you to all who have and serving in our armed forces and to all the volunteer emergency responded who go unnoticed and unrecognized until they selflessly give of themselves to save your life and/or your property. Don’t forget the volunteers.

  27. Susan Falendysz says:

    How can we possibly thank our military enough for their sacrifice? I’m beyond grateful for each and every member of the past and present armed forces member and their families. They spend so much time and so many holidays separated from their loved ones. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! May God richly bless each of you.

  28. Wendy says:

    My oldest son joined the Marine delayed entry program in 2010. He graduated high school last June and left for Parris Island 3 days later. My other 3 children, my husband & I miss him very much and can’t wait until Christmas when he plans to come home. We are very proud of him and wish him happy and safe travels while protecting our country and doing what he always dreamed of.

    Semper Fi

  29. Tina Siwinski says:

    HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY… I want to thank all retired, active and non active duty military men and women and their families. Thank you for your service to our country!!. Your are a true American HERO and make me very proud. Your service and personal sacrifice is greatly appreciated. May God bless you and keep you safe.

    A special thank you to my Dad, husband, brothers and nephews and friends who have and are serving.

  30. Susan B. says:

    Megan what a wonderful giveaway! As a a veteran (20+ years US Army) and a civilian still working for the Army, this is an awesome giveaway! To all my fellow veterans, especially those still serving, I salute you and thank you for your sacrifices. You are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. .

  31. Donna VanDermark says:

    My thanks to all of our service men and women. I am so proud to be an American. My Dad service in WW!! and his 5 brothers served also. My uncle was a prisoner of war in Normandy but survived and we are so proud of all our service men and women. The album are something I have never seen and are just awesome. Thank you

  32. Deb.E. says:

    With the deepest gratitude for all of the sacrifices made when our service personnel are away from home. Thanks just doesn’t seem enough to express how much your service to our country and our freedom’s here in America mean to me and my family. I have such pride in our patriotism and want to thank each member of our armed services with our deepest and most sincere appreciation for all they do! THANK YOU!

  33. Patricia Milstid says:

    Thank you so much for ALL you do! My family appreciates you and ALL you do for us!!Thank you so much for your sacrifices to help us stay safe!

  34. Deb Marlow says:

    God bless America and God bless the people who keep up safe. Happy Veterans Day.

  35. Janice Davis says:

    My neohew served in Desert Storm I have had many friends and family members who served in Korea and Viet Nam. Some who lost their lives in Viet Nam and some who died later from effects of Viet Nam. My Great Nephew is following in his father’s footsteps and just joined the Air Force. I have great respect for all of these ladies and men who chose to serve and I certainly appreciate them. Many peopple don’t take in to consideration that the people that have joined the armed services in the past 30-40 years do this on their own, there is no draft involved. What a huge sacrifice.

  36. I NEVER take for granted the freedom we have. Our country is so fortunate to have selfless and dedicated people who continue to fight for our freedom and rights. Each and every military personnel are heros in their own right and deserve our gratitude and respect, not only on this Remembrance Day but every day of the year. A heart felt thank you to all those who have served, continue to serve and will serve in the future.

  37. Judy Jackson says:

    I want to give thanks fto all those spouses of our service men. A special thanks to the wife of a former serviceman (who has since passed away) on her birthday today (11-11-11) named Sandy Patten. May this be a special birthday Sandy.

  38. Susan Vitti says:

    Thank you to who serve for our freedoms and to protect our shores. Thank you to the families who support them and miss them. They too are serving our country and deserve our gratitude. Due to your sacrifices we are able to enjoy the wonders of our great country.

  39. Brenda says:

    I am a super proud military mom! My two boys have served our country and they make me proud. My oldest son has delployed 4 times to Iraq and will be deploying for this 5th deployment in 2012 to Afgan. My middle son will be coming home from Afgan in just a few weeks!! Our soldiers from all over the US are just awesome. I want to take the time to thank them for protecting our freedoms as well as our country! They rock!!! I also want to take the time to thank their families-they hold everything together at home while our soldiers work so hard to do their jobs. The United States is such an awesome place and I am proud to call it my home and it is because of our wonderful Soldiers! Thank you all whether you are full time military or part time military!!! I have never been more proud of you all!!!

  40. Carol B says:

    A Big THANK YOU to all our military past and present. I am a Navy Mom and wife of Marine vet. So I know first hand what these guy and gals go through. God bless to each and every one of them .

  41. Vicky Ausmus says:

    Words can do very little to express my gratitude for the many sacrifices that you and your families have made. I may never know why I am one of the very fortunate ones to have been born in the U.S.A., but I thenk God for it every day. It’s because of your bravery and courage that I’m able be free to choose my own destiny. You are in my daily thoughts and prayers. Many, many thanks to all of you and may God keep you safe. God bless you and God bless our nation.

  42. Barb Rapp says:

    As I look out the window and see the snow falling, while sitting in my nice warm home, I wish the same for all our military that are overseas, or stationed away from their families. If not for them, I may not be able to enjoy the warmth and security of my own home with my family. God bless you all for the daily sacrifices you make for us. Wishing you all a safe return to the warmth and love of your families and homes. Thank you all!

  43. Amy says:

    In honor of my Granddads (Navy) Dad (Air-force) Uncle (Air-force) and Brother-in-law (Army) and all of our servicemen and women and their families who sacrifice(d) daily for our freedoms. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you, thank you!!

  44. Marlene says:

    I grew up an Army brat and my father served 25 years in the Army. He served in WWII and the Korean conflict. He is no longer with us but I just wanted everyone to know how proud of him I am and how proud to b his daughter. My husband, son and 2 daughters also served in the Army. A big THANK YOU to all the men and women who served.

  45. Debby says:

    A special thank you to all who served and are serving our great USA, without you we would not have the freedom we have in America today. You have not only fought for our freedom, but put your lives on the line, your families on hold. No words can express how much you are appreicated. Our prayers go out to those still fighting for our freedom and for those who have lost family and friends fighting for our freedom. Many has lost their lives, many wounded for us and there is not enough one can say for what you have done for us. May God Bless you all! We have several family in various branches of the service and have had many who served years ago. My husband was in the Navy and my BIL’s served other branches of the service.

  46. Kathy says:

    My father served in Guadal Canal in World War II. He signed up for the Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor, much like so many did in 2001 right after the attack on the World Trade Center. He taught me respect for those who served and a patriotism that ran deep. He passed away several years ago, but every Veteran’s Day, I feel like he’s with me. I love you, Dad. Thank you for protecting my freedom.

  47. candice carrell says:

    My dad served in WW11 and my brother was in the Marines during Viet Nam, although he never was shipped over there. I work with a young guy right now who is going into the Marines and if he is any indication of the people serving our country…we are in good hands. It takes a special person to serve in the military and my hat is off to every one of them and to their families.

  48. Jenny says:

    Thank you for your tribute to veterans. I was in college during the Vietnam War and am still appalled at how they were treated. My grandfather was in WWI and my father was in WWII.
    I send care packages to a nephew of a friend and at Christmas get an address to send gifts. I try to thank servicemen when I’m in an airport or traveling.
    As a grandmother I can’t imagine having a grandson or granddaughter serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. I hope that none of us forget the sacrifices military families have made for us. God bless them all.

  49. Deborah Westbrook says:

    A Huge Thank you and Big Hug to all who have and are serving our Country to protect us and our Freedom!!! I am so proud to be married to a Army Veteran. My Husband served 7 years is the military. I love our Military and our Country, The United States of America!!!!

  50. Alma W. says:

    Happy Veterans Day and heartfelt THANKS to all of our faithful men and women who have served and sacrificed for all of us. I especially THANK my husband for his 20+ years in the USAF. I thank God that he is able to deal with the physical and emotional wounds from that time and continues to be strong and proud to be an American.

  51. stef h says:

    thank you and my GOD BLESS each and every one of our fabulous service men and women. you are ALWAYS in my prayers!

  52. A heartfelt thank you to everyone that has served and is currently serving our wonderful country. We support you and THANK YOU for all your sacrifices! I come from a long line of military in our family as well as my husband’s family and appreciate everything they’ve done for our country. This is one of the reasons myself and my friend founded Scrapping for Soldiers. It’s the least we can do for our men and women that serve our country.

  53. Carla Brooke says:

    Thank you so much for your service to our great country. Thank you for making our country secure in the knowledge that we can be safe at night. My two wonderful American grandchildren can sleep at night and dream. Because of you they can dream to grow-up and enjoy our freedoms.

  54. Barbara says:

    I would like to thank all the men and women in the Armed Forces, but especially to my Dad a WWII vet…He is now 86 yrs young and soon to 87. He is still serving his country by welcoming home all Vets in his area after their tour of duty. He had the honor to be chosen to take the Honor Flight to Washington D.C…He loves his country and is trying to make his grandchildren and great- grandchildren know the meaning of being an American…Thanks DAD.

  55. Donna says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world that did not need Veterans Day or Memorial Day or Armistice Day. Having said that, we owe more that can be said to those who serve and protect both here and abroad. Both my husband and son served in the US Navy. My husband for 4 years and son for 12. Thanks to all.

  56. Donna Dial says:

    Thank you to all our Veterans today. My husband served in the Navy, my Dad in the Navy and my Father in Law in the Army. I am so thankful they all made it home safely, as all served during war times. It is a great sacrifice to both the person and their families. Today is a day to remember and thank all those who make and have made that sacrifice to keep the rest of us safe and allow us the Freedoms we take for granted every day. A big Thank you and God Bless each and every one.

  57. star says:

    I’d like to thank all the military families for their service to us here and abroad. My brother is serving in the Air Force. Did his tours to Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. It was very difficult thinking of my baby brother in harms way but I am proud of him and his buddies. Who never flinched instead told us this was what they have trained for and they were ready for whatever was sent their way.
    I am also grateful for an Air Force who brought my brother and his family home from Guam when his infant suffered a stroke at 3weeks of age. Has been understanding of the time he needed to spend with his family while she was in the hospital for a year for a transplant (she was born with SCID, no immune system). They gave him 2months leave so he could be in the next state over during her pre chemo prep and transplant. I saw first hand how much work it is to be a spouse or child of a military person. The families are in my thoughts always along with their military spouse. My heart aches for those who have suffered and the all too many lives lost. Thank you so much for all that you give and have given to us!

  58. Shelley Meyers says:

    A big thanks to the Military we would not have the freedoms we have if it was not for YOU!!!

  59. Joyc Clayton says:

    My husband is a Viet Nam Veteran and grandson is in Afghanistan at the present time. I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to all who have served and are now serving to keep our country free! God Bless each and everyone of you!

  60. Lynne B says:

    I am very thankful for all the men and women who have served our wonderful country. I am very grateful and thankful to my husband Bill, who served in the Marines and is a Desert Storm Vet. Thank you to all for keeping our country free and safe!

  61. Jeane Cockey says:

    Thank you to all of our US veterans, and veterans from other countries, for your service, dedication and loyalty to your country, your family and yourself. Also, a special thank you to the wives, sons and daughters, as well as, moms, dads, brothers and sisters, of these same soldiers. Your support of our soldiers made their jobs easier when they were away from you.

    Thanks Dad for your service in the Army. Growing up as an Army brat has made me a better person and more appreciative of your service.

    jeane

  62. Brenda Cheek says:

    I can’t begin to thank all the servicemen and women for the priviledge of living in a free country because of their service and love for America. My family was all service, my dad was in the Navy, brother in the Navy, husband was Army, son in law was Marines and grandfathers were Army. I don’t think a lot of people understand what it takes to make a country free. I Thank God for all those who served, are serving and especially those who served and died for their country and their families. Thank you all.

  63. Deborah H. says:

    A big THANK YOU to all of the men and women that keep us safe every day. Our freedom is not to be taken lightly and I commend all of you for protecting it. Our lives would be very different without you. Thank you.

  64. Randi Jo Pieper says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who have served for our Freedom.
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

  65. Joyce Clayton says:

    My husband is a Viet Nam Veteran and my grandson is in Afghanistan at the present time. I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to all who have served and those who are now serving to keep our country free! God Bless each and everyone of you!!

  66. Delsey McDade says:

    I just want to say a big thank you to all my brothers in uniform. I served in the U.S Air Force for 12 years (1992-2004) and I know of the sacrafices and the determination it takes to be a soldier. I commend all of our service members past and present for a job well done! Thank you so much for your service whether it be in the past or current and know that everyone back on the homefront are praying for you and love you! God Bless.

  67. Linda says:

    A Big THANK YOU to all of our veterans. If not for their efforts their would be no freedom. And lets not forget the military spouse who stands proudly and supports their mates.

  68. Liz Ellis says:

    I would like to give a big thank you to all the Veterans. I appreciated our men and women especially as I work on an Air Force base and I see our military working every day. I also share an office with an Army veteran retired after 22 years. I am really proud of him as I am of every soldier I see every day and thinking of all others on duty.
    Thank You.

  69. Alex Turner says:

    I can not imagine the life our soldiers lead while on active service, and the worry for their loved ones back home. I just want to tank each and every one of them for our safety and freedom

  70. Emilie Boyd says:

    To my grandson on his third tour over there. Thanks for going again. Hope you can keep in touch with your little boys who have seen so little of their daddy.

  71. Mary Stevenson says:

    God bless the courage and hearts of our military. They deserve so much more than what they receive. I extend my love to them all. Be safe. I am so sorry for those who have been injured or killed in their efforts to help others.

  72. Marla says:

    Grateful for all the men and women who gave of themselves so that we could enjoy the quality of life that we have today.

    My husband’s father served in WW2, my best friend’s brother is active military, my father spent many years in the militia, and my neighbor fought in Vietnam. I’m bursting with pride for them all, and every single man and woman who has chosen to protect us in this way.

  73. Words cannot adequately express how appreciative our family is for the service these brave men and women have made on all of our behalf. We enjoy so many freedoms that are often taken for granted by many, but freedom has a price and these brave heros have paid it. My heart hurts for those families who’s hero have paid the ultimate sacrifice; they will never be forgotten and will always be true heros. To those brave men and women who have given a part of their lives to serve in our various branches of military in past and present wars, you are true heros as well. We appreciate you and your families SO very, very much. May God bless each of you and may God continue to bless America.

  74. Sarah Joy says:

    I just wanted to thank all our servicemen and women – Thank you so much for your sacrifice to protect our country. Thank you also to all the military families that have sacrificed by letting love ones serve to protect us. Thank you all so much and may the Lord protect you and bless you for your sacrifice. My family is safer today because of you!

  75. Lynn Jean Marie says:

    Dear veterans and families who support them, I want to send my sincere thanks and blessings to all of you today. Our USA is still protected because of your sacrifices and labors of love.
    My son also served in Desert Storm in the navy. He will soon deploy to Afganistan for a year, carrying out programs in education that have been going on. Also remembering those who have died in our families who were service men and women.. Bless you and I salute you. Lynn jean marie

  76. Tina Voss says:

    I thank all those serving and served in the Military and to all the families of veterans I thank you. Today is the day I give my hubby an extra special hug because he served for many years in the Army including a mobilization for Desert Storm while I was 9 months pregnant with our first child.

  77. Thank you to the men an women who serve our country. They make us proud to be Americans.

  78. Betty B. says:

    Much thanks to all the men and women who have served this country.
    They have made and kept this country save.
    Special Thanks to my dad and cousin.

  79. You were so right when you said the cost of freedom isn’t free. Generation after generation in my family has proudly served to protect our shores. Now my grandson and great nephew are serving in Afghanistan. Another great nephew has done several tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. To them and all their buddies I wish them safety and to know in their hearts how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make for us.

  80. SueLeven says:

    I would like to say thank you to all who have served in the past. Your determination, courage and sacrifices have made us what we are today. I would also like to say thank you to those who are serving today. Without you, our freedom would be in jeopardy. Finally, to all of my former students who chose the military over college…I salute you. God Bless and be safe.

  81. Marilyn says:

    A huge THANK YOU to all military past and present for this wonderful gift of freedom. My husband served in the US Marines from 1969 – 1973, my nephew now serves in the US Army.

    When I was in college I was involved in a Pom Pom Squad and the college also had a Veteran’s Club. Twice a year we travel to Great Lakes Naval Base in Waukegan, IL with the Veterans Club to visit soldiers in the various wards of the hospital. We simply sat and talked with the soldiers one on one. We would take cookies and other goodies and just spent the day. It was something I will never forget, regardless of their condition they were so appreciative of our visits. We in turn saw first hand the many sacrifices that were made both physical and emotional.

    • Annette says:

      My son-in-law served in the Marine Corps Reserves in Afghanistan two years ago. I had a great-uncle who served in the Army during World War II. I am SO appreciative of all that is given by our military personnel (and their families at home) for the freedoms we have in the United States. To all those serving and that have served – Thank You!

  82. Tonia Carr says:

    I am so thankful for the men and women of our armed forces! My grandfather served in the Korean War, and I know how hard it was for him. Many years later he could not talk about it very often. I only wish I had had the chance to take him to the Korean War Memorial in DC. I am wanting to make a tribute album for him, and plan to use one of these awesome albums to do it, regardless if I win or lose. What a great giveaway in honor of those who have given so much!!!!!!

  83. Vicki says:

    Thank you to my Uncle for serving for many, many years in the Marines and to my little Brother who is stationed in Japan right now. your jobs are so important.

  84. LaKieta Moreau says:

    I would like to say thank you to the men and women that have and are currently serving! Also, the families! As an active duty member myself married to another member, I know the scarfices we make.

    Please remember as you see a member past or present throughout the year to say thank you! It means a lot to us to know that we have support here at home!

  85. Sandra Joy says:

    God Bless America and all the brave soldiers and their families for their sacrifices. Our deepest gratitude, thoughts and prayers are with you everyday! Thank you from the bottom of hearts, God Bless!!! Sandra Joy

  86. Carla says:

    As an Air Force wife for 30 years, I have seen the the sacrifices that both the military members and their familues make for their country and our freedom. Just want to say a big thank you to all of them. We really appreciate what you do.

  87. Jelayne says:

    My husband and I both served. We met while serving in Germany, but did not marry until we got back to the USA. We both come from long lines of family members who also served. I like finding military related stickers, albums ect so I can save our memories for my children and other generations.

  88. Laura Hartman says:

    Five men in our family have served (husband, uncle, father-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law) and I am so proud of each one. Thank you for the opportunity to thank them in a more public way!

  89. Barbara says:

    Thanks to all who served. Today I will be going to the schools in the area to talk about serving and of course attend a special ceremony honor the WWI and all who served. Then it is off to a special dinner for all veteran’s

  90. Heather S. says:

    I appreciate the words of gratitude for the fine men and women who serve in our Armed Forces as well as their families. With such gratitude it makes the lonely nights a bit easier. I am honored to support my husband as he fights for freedom. I thank all of the wonderful men, women and families who have served along side us. Without you, military life would be so much more difficult. Happy Veteran’s Day!

  91. Nanatoo says:

    I do not want to miss this opportunity to say THANK-YOU to all veterans, past and present. I realize what sacrifices you and your family make. My husband is retired ARMY, so as a spouse of 42 years, I know first hand and appreciate the missed family vacations and milestones that you miss while your children are growing up, so you can protect us and keep America safe.

  92. A thank you to my sweet husband Rob, who is leaving on deployment in just a matter of days now. Come home safe. I love you so much!XOXO

  93. Teddy Dukes says:

    There are really no words to say “Thank You” enough for all we enjoy because of the sacrifice and the love of country our military and our Public Servants provide for us. My Mother and Father are both Marines, Father In Law career Air Force. I can hardly hear the National Anthem without crying and realizing those words describe each and every one of our proud American Soldiers. Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I sleep soundly at night because of all you do!

  94. On Friday, Nov 4, one week ago, I retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service and each and everyday I am humbled by the sacrafices made by those in uniform! Thankyou! To all my fellow veterans, past, present and future!

  95. Andrea says:

    Words cannot express how thankful we are to our service members, past-present-future, who have given so much for us and our country. Proud of my Husband, who has served in the USMC and was in Operation Desert Storm and currently serves in The AF Reserves. Even more proud when my son tells me he wants to join the service when he grows up! Thank You!!

  96. Debi says:

    Thank you to all who honorable serve this great country. We are deeply and forever in your debt. You are our heroes. Even though we are in two wars, you still volunteered your lives to save ours. How can we ever repay you. We can not. All we can do is to humbly say Thank You! For those who served in older wars, even though you were drafted, your sacrifice is no less. Lives were lost and families suffered dearly. We can not ever repay your heroism either. All we can do is humbly say Thank You!

  97. Debbie Sheets says:

    Thanks to all who serve or have served. My church is having a special rememberance this Sunday for all family memebers past and present who contributed to our freedom. My father-in-law, husband and now son all have chosen the military as thier profession and serve with pride.

  98. Cyndi Lincoln says:

    My family has several Veterns and 5 serving as I type this in the Navy. I personally want to thank each one for his or her part in protecting our country’s freedom.
    I love you all… many prayers! And to all of the Hero’s in our armed forces I say thank you and thank you to their families as well. God Bless!

  99. Sharon Beattie says:

    I am so grateful to all who have served including my dad who served in Korea, my husband who retired from the US Army, having served in Panama, Desert Storm and Somalia and my son who is active duty Air Force and preparing to go to Afghanistan.

  100. Judi Farrell says:

    SO MANY HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH AND ASKED FOR NOTHING IN RETURN!!!!
    My husband is a 24 year veteran of the USARMY. He has had the pleasure of serving in Berlin, GE during the cold war and the fall of the Berlin Wall. He served 12 straight months in Iraq during O.I.F 1& 2—the beginning of the war. He proudly and honorably wore the uniform. He would never brag of any of his accomplishments–and doesn’t–because he knows many gave much more than he did. THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES! I am SO proud of him and all the Veterans who do so much for so little gratitude. It is so nice to have this day when we can celebrate these men and women’s accomplishments and service to all of us! Veterans AND their families sacrifice more than anyone can really understand— unless they have been through it. So, thank you veterans for serving us well, and for making and keeping this the land of the free and the home of the brave. Especially thank you to my two nephews, niece, and most importantly my husband. God HAS Blessed America!!!

  101. Terry Richey says:

    I would like to say thank you to all Veteran’s for their hard work and sacrifice in serving our country. I would especially like to thank my husband who has served this country for 26 years and all the while continued to be a wonderful husband and excellent father. I am honored to be his wife and am thankful to God each day for the blessings he has bestowed upon our country and my family!

  102. Anita says:

    My father-in-law served in the Army in WWII and was in the fighting in Europe. My brother served in the Army and went to Vietnam. Before I met my husband, he had served in the Marines. I know what that kind of stress does to all the men and women who serve our country. Not to mention the fact that they have family left behind to carry on without their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons. I appreciate all they and their families sacrifice for our freedom and the protection of our country. Thank you for this spotlight on the past and present veterans.

  103. Jeannie says:

    Thank you to all veterans in my country UK and every other country. Those that gave their service and to those that gave their lives. Thank you

  104. Lisa C says:

    I want to say THANK YOU to all those who have served, and are currently our country in the armed forces. I am the mother of a Vet, and have one son who is currently serving, I have a new respect for Vets as a military mom. I remember the day my son told me he was going to Iraq, and he did not want to go, it was heart breaking. THANKS once again to all who have served and are currently serving.

  105. Judy proudfoot says:

    Thank all of you that have gave us the freedom of this world .You could never be repaid again thank you…..

  106. Diana says:

    I want to Thank all the service men and women for keeping us SAFE. My nephew, Tim served two tours in Iraq, he is home now. My niece is in the Air Force reserves and is in Germany right now. She is a nurse and takes care of the soldiers on the plane. She served in Qatar last year; she has great compassion for the soldiers. I have cousins who served in Vietnam and very grateful they all came home. God bless our veterns.

  107. Kai says:

    A HUGE thank you to all who have served. I so appreciate the military through my dad (Marines), my father in law (Marines), my husband, (Air Force), and my nephew (Army). Some of you saw actual battles, some of you never were deployed for wartime, but all of you gave your time and the possibility of your lives, and for that I will be ever grateful. Hoo rah!

  108. I am so honored to have so many friends and family members that have served in our armed forces. Most of all I am proud to say my boyfriend is a veteran himself. He was is in the Air National Guard and has done tours over seas in Iraq. I thank all of our veterans for serving our great country. Thanks so much.

  109. Jeri says:

    Nothing could be more important on this day than thanking the thousands of men and women who bravely serve our country to protect our freedom. My son is a U.S. Marine and my HERO. I’m so proud of his decision to bravely serve and for the duties he performs. I pray for his safety and for all the other American heroes. I’d like to share a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson-“A HERO is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver….five minutes longer.” God Bless America.

  110. Sharon Viar says:

    I want to thank each and every soldier, men and women, for having served, are serving and will serve our country in the armed forces. You are truly appreciated for the fine job you are doing. Thanks again to ALL!

  111. Ann M says:

    Honoring those that gave up their lives, their families, and sometimes their life so that I could go on with mine and enjoy living is not just a one day holiday for me. I keep this in mind every day. When I read about an attack that kills one of our young soldiers I cry, My grand father, my dad, my uncle and my husband of 45 years all served. I feel that my mom and I also served as we were without our dad and husband for long periods of time. I always feel for the children of soldiers and many times cry when I see all those surprised reunions on TV. On these special holidays I always say a special prayer for our Vietnam Nam vets, who were sent off to fight, and then returned home only to be spit upon…I think how could our country turn our backs on our soldiers that way. Many still carry mental scars of that treatment today. Sorry didn’t mean to ramble in my comment.

    • Dianne B says:

      I know what you are saying about Vietnam. My husband still carries the mental scars of that war. This past May when we went to a Professional Bull Riding event in Pueblo, CO and were at a Wild West days street fair, he bought and Vietnam vet hat for the very first time. He wore it that day and had so many comments of “Thanks for your service” after 40 some years. It brought him to tears. It was a pretty emotional day for him and myself as well.

  112. As a genealogist, I have been researching my family (both sides) for over 15 years. I have discovered a Revolutionary War hero (Sybil Ludington), many who fought and died in the Civil War, some who fought in WWI, WWII (one to note is my grandpa Nelson), The Spanish-American War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf war, and some who are presently serving. I cannot say thank you enough. That would not let you know how much I love each of you and the sacrifice you and your family gave so we can be free.
    If I won one of these kits, I would use it to highlight one of these ancestors.

  113. Charvonna says:

    I would like to strat by saying that all Military men and women both past, present and future, YOU ROCK!!!!!
    I have to say that when I was in high school my boyfriend served in the the military and although were are not together he is still and active member in the Army National Guard. I remember writing the letters of encouragement to him and his brother. I appreciate what the military does for all of us both near and far.

  114. littlen says:

    A great big THANK YOU to all who have and are currently serving to ensure we remain a free nation. I’ve had several family members who served and currently have a friend and neighbor serving. She has had to leave her family, including a six month old infant, to serve. Bless them all.

  115. ann deery says:

    I always make a point to say thank you any armed service people that I meet when I am out and about. My brother served in Vietnam and my Dad was in the 1st division during World War 2. He actually landed on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion and spent the next 4 years fighting in the front lines. He was injured but thankfully made it home when the war ended. He lost many friends. These brave men and woman and their families sacrifice so much for us. There is simply no way that we could adequately repay them. But I think that we need to continue to think of ways that we can support them. Since we are crafters thats a good place to start. In closing, May God bless and protect all of our brave men and woman who are serving all over the world.

  116. Mary Jane says:

    As a former military spouse my hat is off to all those who served, past and present, and even those about to serve our nation. My husband served in the USN for 27 years, our son served in the USA and is currently in the TX Nat’l guard. His Father-in-law served in the AF. Our Son-in-law is in the USA and his father was in the USAF. We have a neices and nephews that are also either serving or have served. Am so very proud of all of them.

  117. Marcie says:

    I am sending my heartfelt “THANKS” to all those who are serving and have served this wonderful country of ours! We are fortunate enough to travel this beautiful land, visiting all the wonderful areas there are here, and truely appreciate the freedom our heros have protected with their lives. As a daughter of a Navy SeaBee (WW 2) ,and a mother of 2 former Army soldiers, I also want to thank the families who support their soldiers, miss them, worry about them and unfortunately, bury them sometimes. You have a tough job helping your loved ones do an even tougher job. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!

  118. Nienke says:

    It is imporant to stand still and remember those who serve and those who have given their lives to protect us and our families. I am especially thankful for my fiancee who is in the Air Force and is currently serving a tour in Afghanistan. Bless all veterans and all active-duty members, they are all in our thoughts.

  119. Kathryn says:

    I want to thank all the men and women who served and are currently serving for their sacrifice. I want to give a special thank you out to the men in my family who have served, my Grampa’s, my Uncle, my Birth Father, my Dad, my Ex-Husband, and my Current Husband.
    I also want to thank the families for their sacrifices. Not only are the military my Hero’s but those that the military leave behind are my Hero’s.
    Thank you!

  120. April Lister says:

    hurray to all of the servers. GOD BLESS each and every one~!

  121. Chris M says:

    To ALL who have served for our country….those who died, those who lived and those that carry the memory thru injury… Our hearts will always be with you all. A special thanks to my Brother who served in the Marines….proudly…..Semper Fi.

  122. Teri says:

    I am so thankful for the sacrifice that our Veterans have made for our freedom. How can words truly express the gratitude we feel for all those who have given their lives so we can be free. Thanks to all the Veterans and their families!!

  123. Darrell Lister says:

    Thanks to all the servicemen and woman. You are all thought about especially today! thanks!

  124. Vicki Greenewalt says:

    One of my Grandsons just got out of the Navy where he served on the USS Carl Vinson, where his wife is still stationed. They were both on the ship when it “disposed” Osama bin Laden. His brother is an MP in the Army, currently deployed in Afghanistan. He already has a tour in Iraq under his belt. Their Father was in the Army, their Grandfather was a Marine in VietnAM

  125. Dianne B says:

    A heartfelt thank you to all the men serving today as well as veterans of previous wars. My father was in World War II and husband served in Vietnam. We are so very blessed to live in this country of many freedoms we enjoy daily. Each new day I arise I thank the Lord for these freedoms.
    May God continue to Bless America.

  126. Denise says:

    Thank you cannot begin to say what I truly feel about our military men and women. My grandfather was a WWII vet and the things he had to do & see were beyond what anyone should. My nephew is on his 5th tour in Afhanistan right now. He is so skilled at what he does and truly loves serving his country. A good friend of mines daughter is on her first tour and the age of 18 – she has left her young daughter at home – I can’t imagaine how she feels.
    God bless each and everyone one of you!

  127. Zendalina says:

    Today is the day we thank all the men and women that have and are serving for our great country. thanks a million+

  128. Carolyn Hartle says:

    I want to thank all the military men and women who is and have served in the military. We all appreciate you giving your tme and some your lives. God Bless You. My husband served in the Korea War. My two brothers, one Army and one Navy served in the Viet Nam War. My husband belongs to a legion and he cooks for the vets on Vetrens Eve. There legion gives a free dinner for the Veterns from The Veterns Hospital to show some appreiation and respect to them. God Bless

  129. Dave Rike says:

    I am a veteran and salute ALL the others that have and are serving. GOD BLESS U!!!

  130. Thank you for the opportunity and introduction to the Uniformed Scrapbooks of America product line. I have a very dear friend whose son is in the Marine Corp. I have been following his career choice since the beginning and have been building a special book just for him. He is serving in Afghanistan now. I talk to his mom and many times we are chatting through the night – waiting for news from Afghanistan. We often talk about the anxieties that the families go through on the home front. The media is quick to announce fatalities and injuries over seas but it takes time for families to be notified. Meanwhile they are waiting on pins and needles praying that it is not their son or daughter and then feeling guilty because they can empathize with the families who have lost a loved one.
    I want to take this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to all who are currently serving and to those who have served in our Armed Forces. They have taken the oath to protect our county and to be willing to put their lives at risk for us! They are the true hero’s of the world. This country would not be what it is today without them!! Thank you and God Bless

  131. M. Chipman says:

    Ho-RAH, Hallelujah, yee haw, danke!, and everything else. we SALUTE YA!

  132. J. Banda says:

    Both my grandfathers and my step grandfather serve our great country. Love all of ya!

  133. Kim says:

    Thank you to all that have served our great country. I come from a service family, my dad was in the Air Force my Step Dad was in the Navy. Both of my brothers served ,one in the Air Force, the other one in the Army.

  134. From the first shots of the Revolutionary War to the men and women serving our country today, this nation owes an immeasurable debt of gratitude to our veterans. Even so, the simple act of reaching out to the veterans still with us today to say a simple “thank you” speaks volumes.

  135. A Chipman says:

    HO-RAH… (waving my flag proudly)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  136. margie shipman says:

    Thank you everyone that served our country. Thank you so much for what you do for our freedom.

  137. Sylvia Merdith says:

    I want to thank all of the vets in my family, but especially John Laybourn, my great, great uncle, who died in WWI. He was born and raised in England, served in the Royal Navy, and ended up emigrating to Canada. He fought in the Canadian Army but was killed by German mustard gas in the 2nd battle of Ypres. Thank you for serving two countries John!
    And thanks to all of the vets out there, you make this country great! Happy Veteran’s Day!

  138. Linda Moore says:

    I would like to say Good Morning and Happy Veterans Day to my wonderful husband who has served so far 16 years in the US Navy. He has worked long and hard hours alone with thousands of other men and women in the service over his 16 years of active duty. We have seen many many friends come and go over our time in the navy. Service men and women are some of the pest people you will ever meet. In our times that have been spent with these wonderful friends you form a bond and a extended family. When we lost one it hurts us all. I know I am so very greatful to have my husband and extened family even through we are all scattered all over the US and over seas on this Veterans Day. My heart is with everyone who is serving now and who has served in the past and who will serve in thier future. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you and your familys sacrifice each and everyday to serve our country. Bless you all.

  139. Tammy Voigt says:

    Thanks to all the great people who have served to protect our freedom. My older brother retired from Navy, younger also served in Navy. I have a brother-n-law and nephew serving in Army now.

  140. Cathy says:

    HOORAY to all the troops out there protecting all our families. THANK YOU

  141. Sandy Bayles says:

    I want to thank all the men and women who have served this country in the past and still serving today for the freedom that we have in this country. We are still the greatest country in the world to live in. During this time of unrest we are still a great country and with God watching over us we will again recover. This country is made up of great Americans and will come back. I remember my father being gone. He was in the Navy and is now 86 years old. I called him today and told him thanks for all he did for his country. My boyfriend is 63 and I thanked him for his service in Vietnam. We have many friends that did not come home and paid the ultimate price for freedom. Our flag flies proudly daily on my front porch. There is just somthing about looking out and seeing that flag flying so proudly that would touch any American Heart with joy and love. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. God Bless The USA!

  142. For all those that have given of their time, families and loved ones I thank you personally for your service to our country. It takes someone special to be able to give of themselves so unconditionally that they would lay down their lives for others. You are truly heroes in every sense of the word.

  143. Michelle Yurk says:

    A very special THANK YOU to all the men and women who have served, are serving and thinking about serving to keep the USA a safe place to live. A special LOVE YOU to my “brother” Steve who put his life on the line as a Marine to keep America free and safe. Your dedication to your country will never go unappreciated. All service men and women are HEROS!!

  144. Deb says:

    A very very big thank you to all the men and women who are currently serving and for those of you that have served our country!! Very proud of each one of you !

  145. Brendabee says:

    To all military men and women “Kudos”. You make are country proud.

  146. Judy B says:

    Thanks for doing this Megan.
    My dad served in WWII. My cousin lost his life in Vietnam. My great nephew is now serving. I also have alot of “extra sons”, you know those that are very close to me that grew up with our sons and was at our home all the tme that are serving and away from their families.
    Thanks again,
    Judy

  147. Barb A. says:

    I want to thank my (deceased) brother who served in Viet Nam, my son who served in the gulf war, my nephew who is currently in the military and all others who are currently serving our country….as well as all the others who have been in service. Of course, we need to remember past and present families of these great people who have fought/ or are currently serving in the military. Thanks to every one of you for helping to keep our great nation free. May God bless each and everyone of you.

  148. Myra Johnson says:

    Words cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for all the servicemen and women that have given up so much for freedom. Freedom is not free it comes at a tremendous cost. Thank you!

  149. K@ren says:

    Thank u to all who have sacrificed for my freedom! This goes out to all the service men and women past present and fiuture AND to ur families.

  150. Tammy says:

    My son is currently serving in Afghanistan in the Marine Corp. I have never been prouder of my son or of our country for standing behind our servive men and women. Thank you to all you have served, are currently serving and especialy to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Semper Fi

  151. EM says:

    My father was very proud to be a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 34 years. He like many others, lied about his age so he could join. He served during the Koren Conflict and each Remembrance Day in our home town, he would proudly place a wreath on behalf of the Canadian Forces. As I was driving to choir practice last night, a neighbouring church had a beautiful sign – – “Our freedom came at a price – please remember those who paid the bill.”

  152. Mary Jo says:

    Thank you to all the men and women who have served for my freedom and the freedom of my family.

  153. Melissa Bolwin says:

    My son Joshua is in the u.s. Marines i been so proud of him seeing him being swear in and watching his graduation from boot camp crying throught it all. He dosn’t know how much i appreciated what he did for our country. I have never been so proud of him as i’m today. This is thank you to my son Joshua Bolwin for doing what you are doing for our country.
    Thank you to David Palmer , Michael and for serving our country
    Thank you to all the veterans from the past that gave up there lives so we can have freedom.
    Thank you to my nephew johnny, brother in law gilbert and John

  154. Linda Anne says:

    Ours is a military family. Every generation of my husband’s family (including my husband who served in Vietnam as a Sailor) has served in the military since the Revolution. My family too has served. My Dad, who was a first-generation American, served in the Pacific in World War II (and so did his brothers) and he spent 30 years in the Army. My Mom moved her family 20 times in the first 12 years they were married. My sister and her husband both served in the Air Force. Her daughter was an Airman and her son was a Marine. My son was a Soldier and served with the Army in Iraq at the very start of the war. He enlisted before 9/11. I’ve been lucky! My dad, husband, and son all returned from their wars with no major injuries and to families that understood the toll that war takes. God Bless our service men and women.

  155. marlene kiley says:

    I am a Canadian who is very proud to know we are able to help the USA serve through such terrible war battles. I had a uncle who died serving in the past war years ago. The human loss is so tragic to us all and I pray one day it will all end. Wars are so unnecessary. Who wins in the end?? God bless our troops!!

  156. Jessica K says:

    A heartfelt thank you to all that have served past, present and future to keep our country the land of the free!

  157. Wanda says:

    I thank all of our service members now serving during these trying times. I am retired military, my husband served in Vietnam, and my son served in Iraq. Thank you to all who support our military.

  158. Joy F. says:

    Your thank are appreciated. My husband served in the Army just after the Viet Nam war ended. He never saw battle. Thank the good Lord! My son is currently in his 5th year serving in the Air Force. He was not so blessed and served in Iraq. A mother’s nightmare! But the good Lord did bless him and keep him safe and he as returned to us without any physical injuries.

    I want t add my thanks to yours to all the military and their families for sacrificing so much for the freedom of ALL AMERICANS.

  159. Brenda Manz says:

    Words are inadequate to fully express our appreciation and respect for ALL of our service personnel in ALL branches of service who have given a great portion of their lives, and some who have given their ALL in order to protect our lives and our freedoms that we hold most dear. We salute them, not just today, but everyday for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make.We LOVE AMERICA, and are extremely proud of all of our service personnel and our veterans. Sending them Love, Hugs & Sunshine from Our Hearts to Theirs, Brenda & John Manz

  160. Rose says:

    Both my father and my husband served. I am thankful for both them and everyone who has served. If you see someone in uniform go up to them and thank them for their service. Make their day.

  161. Linda says:

    A very sincere THANK YOU to all who have served in our armed forces & those who continue to serve. May GOD bless you & your families & GOD BLESS AMERICA! THANK YOU

  162. Amelia Andrade says:

    I would like to send out a heart felt thank you to all who serve in so many ways whether as a solidier, family member or volunteer. So many of us have lost sight of the freedom given to us first, by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who died for us and secondly through the sacrifice by so many past, present and future in tears, loneliness, love ones, uncertainity and dedication to secure our comfortable lives every day. As U.S. citizens it is difficult to understand how precious our freedom is and how much our lives would be affected with the loss of the freedoms we so easily take for granted. My father served 42 years in the navy and reserves. My brother and best friend served in the military for many years. I have never stepped on a front line, felt the loneliness, fear or sadness a solider feels but I know I need to be so enormously greatful everyday that I go where I choose and worship where I choose because of the many sacrifices made. I have choosen to use my craft to make handmade cards for Operation Write Home as one small way to show appreciation but what our vetrans really need is our prayers! Our country needs our prayers! Please take a few minutes today and send up a prayer that we collectively return to a God fearng, God following country. Pray that we as a country will realize how far we have traveled off the path that our founding fathers destined for us to travel instilling everyday honor, integrity, accountability. Thank you again to all those who have given sooo much for me and my family! God Bless you!

  163. Tiffany Mercer says:

    My family and I deeply thank all the service men and women who have or are currently serving to protect our country and the freedom we enjoy. Your sacrifices keep us safe and we are deeply appreciative. We’re proud of you and pray for your safety and well being.

  164. Irene Baker says:

    Megan, my father lied about his age (he was only 17), and enlisted in the Navy just before WWII broke out. In fact, he was stationed at Pearl Harbor, but left a week or so before Dec. 7th. When WWII broke out, he drove the pontoon boats that opened in the front, and dropped our men on the beaches. In fact, he came so close to being shot, that he developed a blister on his ear from a bullet. I was very proud of my Dad, and although he never talked about it, I know that he lost several friends during the war. My young nephew is an Army Ranger today, and recently qualified for the “special forces unit”. I see in him the pride that my father had, and know that it takes a special person to help keep America safe, and families free. My hat is off to all who have served or are now serving in the military. God bless you, and God bless America!

  165. Carmen P says:

    A heartfelt Thanks goes out to all of our men and women serving our country. A big Thank you also goes out to the families left behind that “keep it all togehter” while their loved one is serving and sacrificing. My husband spent 15 months in Iraq, and I can tell you that its a hardship for all involved, but we are proud, and wouldn’t have it any other way!

  166. Jenise says:

    This is so great. I appreciate everyone who is working so hard to protect the freedoms we take for grant here in America. On a personal note I have a sister serving in the Navy and I love her for all she does for ir country. It can be hard leaving her kids when she gas overseas tours bur she makes the mist of it and never complains. Thank you US service men and women, I could not enjoy the freedoms I do if it was not for you.

  167. Ellen MacDougall says:

    Thanks Megan for introducing these to us! this are fabulous! I am so excite to have my kids put together a Navy ablum for their grandfather

    And thank you to all the service men and woman in the past, today and in the future. Words can never express how thank we are for all you do for our country and all of us that live her! THANK YOU!

  168. God Bless Our Troops!!! I am a Proud Military Wife and Mother! Many Blessings to Our Soldiers and Their Families especially this Holiday Season! HOOAH!

  169. Helen says:

    I work for the Department of Veterans Affairs. My husband is a Marine who served in Vietnam and my Father in Law served in Korea. I am extremely proud of all the men and women who serve and have served our country. The sacrifices made by these men, women and their families is a testament to our great nation. We are forever indebted to them for our freedoms. God bless all!

  170. Merica says:

    My husband was in the Air Force during Viet Nam. I salute all of our currant and past service men and women. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, if not for you, where would we be.
    THANK YOU

  171. Barbara says:

    Thank you to all who serve in the armed forces to protect those of us at home. I lost my eldest brother, an Army career office,r in 1969, during his second tour of duty in Viet Nam. He left a wife and three small children behind. I know that there are hundreds and thousands of lives that have been torn apart. Thank you to those who continue to enlist and serve to keep us free and safe at home. God bless you!

  172. Stacey Halbgewachs says:

    We are very thankful to all the Veterans! Our family knows the price of freedom…it is represented by the empty seat at the table during all of our holidays. It is a tradition that was started by my Aunts many years ago and even though we do not now have any immediate family serving our Great Nation, we still carry on the tradition. I truely think that it helps us remember, it makes us stop and think about all the families who have the empty seat at their table and it is not because of a tradition but because their loved one is away from home fighting and protecting our freedom.

    Just this morning our 1st grade son was talking about the date being all ones (11-11-11) and how totally awesome that is. My DH and I then took the time to point out that it is also Veterans Day. We got on the internet and showed him what that means with pictures and then helped him to understand what it means with stories that have been passed down through our families. Although many would think that maybe our children are too young to be told some of the stories we feel that if we don’t start telling them now, teaching then now, we will be doing an injustice to our children and those who serve and protect us.

    Thank you for my freedom. May God protect you and your families.

  173. Sheila says:

    I have a very dear friend and both her sons are at war. They are Marine Commandos and have very specialised jobs. I pray for them every day and I am so proud to know them and admire their mother and fathers courage and strength. God bless them all American and Scottish.

  174. Michelle says:

    I would love to give this as a gift to a family at our church whose husband is currently deployed. What a fabulous scrapbook! Thanks for the opportunity

  175. Margaret Ksiazak says:

    First of all I would like to thank all veterans. My dad, and two of his brothers served during World War II. He was very proud of his service to this country. He would always insist on buying products made in America. Even though he has been gone over thirty years, I still miss him. I also would like to thank my cousin’s son, Rich, who is an active member of the military having served in Iraq. The whole family is very proud of him. My husband and his brother served during the Vietnam era – my husband in the Army and his brother in the Navy. Again, thank you to all our active servicemen and women and to all our veterans.

  176. Danita says:

    It is humbling to read all these posts of service and gratitude. My family and I are are blessed to know relatives and friends who have served and are serving presently. The military and families deserve our prayers for all they do. God bless them.

  177. Judy Miller says:

    A big Thanks to alll who served our great country.

    My grandfather served in WW 1 and my uncles in WW 2 and Korea. My cousins are now serving in the services. Do yo health issues, my father only served in ROTC while enrolled at Purdue University.

    May all veterans and families of those who lost loved ones, have a wonderful day of remembering their times with the family members .

    Judy with Gods blessings to you.

  178. Dee says:

    I have had many family members serve in all branches the military. My father served in world war II and we’ve had family members of the family in the military ever since. Many have made it a career and are retired military. My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones because of war. For those of us who have seen it first hand we can truly understand the committment and dedication it takes. Not just from the service man or woman but the entire family along the way. To those who have served and fought for the freedoms we enjoy I say a great big THANK YOU! For those who mock and cut down our military I say shame on you. It is a sacrifice you will never understand for a country you will never appreciate fully.

  179. Happy Veteran’s Day. Thanks to all the service men and woman who fight/who have fought/who will fight in the future, for our freedoms and rights and things we take for granted everyday. Thank you for putting your life on the line, and ensuring that we, speaking for all Americans, feel safe. Keep up the good work.

  180. Jan H. says:

    My father served in the Navy during WWII, although he didn’t really talk about it much to me or my sister. One evening when my husband and I were in town visiting my dad, he sat and talked with my husband for several hours about his experiences during his time in the Navy. I could hear parts of the conversation and learned a lot about my dad, more than I had in the 50+ years that I had known him. I was a little upset that he never thought he could share this with me, I would have been so willing to listen! I have so much respect for the men and women who serve our county, their families and loved ones also. They all give up so much for us, more than we can ever imagine! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

  181. My dad joined up with the U.S. Army when he was 16 years old and says he did some fighting in Vietnam before they found out his age and discharged him. We could never find the records for him because there was a fire in Charleston, NC (I THINK that’s where the records were) that destroyed many records. We KNOW he was in the Army because he had “yearbooks” that we would look at as children. When he passed away, there was a simple service for him where we were presented with an American flag and words of thanks were said on behalf of the President of the United States and its citizens. It made me feel so proud and grateful.

    My father-in-law spent a lifetime of service in the Air Force, serving in both wars and raising his family while in service in Hawaii and also Japan. My son was named after John, and resembles him in so many ways. When he passed away last December, his service included the chilling rifle salute, taps and a flag-folding detail performance. My son was given John’s dogtags, since they now bear HIS name.

    Very grateful to these two men and to ALL men and women who give up lives of comfort and leisure to serve their country!

    • Shari Lawrence says:

      I always felt that Veteran’s Day was in the best month ever…a month to give GRATITUDE to all our service men and women. My heartfelt thanks for your all. My son is in the Army and while in bootcamp saw the album online. I have tons of pictures that I want to scrap. Again a very special thanks for all men and women, past, present and future who provide us with the freedom we have!

  182. Sharon says:

    Good Morning Megan, Thank you for remembering our Veterans on your blog today. I am very thankful for all Veterans including my husband, my grandfather, my great-great grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-laws, cousins, and nephews. They followed their calling and served our great Country. And to all the Veterans’ families who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve, may you always know how much your loved ones courage, bravery, and dedications means to me.

  183. Irene Mermelstein says:

    Thank you to all of the military personnel who protect us each and everyday. You make living in this world a better place.

  184. Candee says:

    Where do I start? I have (had) many family members who have served. My DH was in the Navy during Vietnam. Just saying “Thank you” doesn’t seem to be enough, yet most service people I tell that to are so grateful for that small acknowledgement.
    God bless our vets and our currently active troops. Without them, life as we know it would probably be so very different.

  185. Julie Stone says:

    I am so thankful to all of our amazing soldiers who have served or are currently serving. Today is especially important to me and my family. My husband has missed many holidays, birthdays, our kids milestones, games, school events and just time together. He recently returned from what is hopefully his last tour after serving in Panama, The Gulf War, Bosnia and twice in Afghanistan. I am so proud of him for his service to our country and so thankful to God for keeping him safe and bringing him home to us. God Bless our soldiers.

  186. Tammy Grover-Lupold says:

    I too have family in the military. My daughter is married to Brandon who is in the Army. Brandon is going to be deployed again soon. I see how much sacrifice is given. I miss having my daughter living near me, but I know this is a requirement for an Army wife. I would like to thank all those who serve or have served our country. Also, a big thank you to their families…the behind the scenes people who support the decision of their loved ones. God Bless.

  187. Veterans Day is a day to recognize and to honor those who have served our country in the military, whether at home are on foreign soil. My Father served in the army and did a tour of duty during World War II. He was quite young at the time but he would often relate how it felt to return to the US after that time away. My husband did not see any combat or serve on foreign soil but was in the Navy ROTC in college and served aboard ship. Our son entered the army at age 18, served his 4 years and then became a reservist. His unit was activated early in the war with Iraq and he did a tour there. Once home he remained active and served for a time as a recruiter. Next he was attached to a unit in Texas. Last November his unit prepared for a tour in Afghanistan, leaving shortly after Christmas and returning in mid October of 2011. I am proud of the role my family has played in securing our nation’s freedom, protection and for helping to liberate other countries from oppression. Today, I am a very thankful daughter, wife and mother. I’d like to say Thank you to all those who serve and to their families who support them here at home.

  188. gwendolyn says:

    Thanks for honoring those who serve/servedd…because of my fathers time in the military, i was able to complete four years of college with out worrying about how my parents would pay for it….the 5th year was on me however, because of a major change…anyway i will be forever grateful for our armed services…thanks again….gwendolyn

  189. Sherri Upp says:

    Thanks to all the men and women who have protected our freedom and God bless all those who continue to do so. We are grateful for your service!!

  190. Shanda Harrington says:

    It is because of family members, neighbors, and kind strangers that we have the freedoms we enjoy today. It is because of their bravery that I am able to enjoy every day with my two little girls. It is because of their bravery that my little girls will live a happy and safe life. It is because of their bravery that we can all sleep a little sounder at night. Thank you. And as we say in our home Semper Fi!

  191. In honor of all my uncles who have served our country. Several of my uncles served. A special mention to my Uncle, Harry Samuel Gaylord who lost his leg in Vietnam.

    And a very very special mention of honor to my dad… Kenneth F Gaylord, Sr. He was a Marine (yesterday was the Marines birthday) and he served in Vietnam. While my dad survived Vietnam without any physical injuries he was never the same mentally after it. The emotional tole it took on him ended up taking his life in November of 1994. I miss him greatly.

    I have a great amount of respect for ALL of our men and women who serve our country.

  192. gloria s says:

    Hi and Happy Veteran’s Day to all. My Dad , brother, and many Uncles and an Aunt served our Country. I am proud of their work. I believe without their efforts our world would be not as good as it is today. They were good people and role models. I say thank you to all our Veterans everywhere.

  193. Kathy Brockman says:

    My husband served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. When he (and many others) came home, they were cursed and called names. While he is proud of his service, it is not something he shares with anyone. I am thankful that America has realized that every person who puts on a uniform to serve our country is a HERO.

  194. These albums are wonderful. So unique. My dad trained for Korea and as they were landing overseas, the was ended. He never actually had to fight, for which I’m grateful. My husband is retired from the Army Reserve with 26 years of service. I have an Aunt who served as a Navy nurse in Vietnam. Lots of uncles, cousins and friends who have served. We are grateful to them all

  195. jan richards says:

    My father served in WWII and has never been willing to discuss the things that he saw during that time. I don’t know how he carries that pain around every day. I have seen countless friends who served in Vietnam come back with “invisible scars” that affect them the rest of their lives. While war may not be popular and we may not believe in the cause we should never downplay the importance of our fighting men and the sacrifices they and their families have made for our freedom. This is still the greatest country in the world. If you can’t say thanks to a veteran today at least keep them and our soldiers in your hearts and minds.

  196. Debbie Clute says:

    My son is currently deployed in Afganastain, this is his 5th deployment. We are so proud of him & his family. Please don’t forget the families they to sacrifice for us. Our daughter in law is a rock taking care of 4 children while her husband, there father is away. God Bless them ALL.

  197. Ashley R says:

    My grandfather Thomas Ribble and my great uncle George Ribble Both served in WWII. I know my grandfather was stationed in Hawaii, I do not know where my uncle was stationed. They are both gone now but hardly forgotten and I wish I still had more time with them and their stories and my grandfather and his “racy” photos of woman that were wearing more then some do today. I loved hearing his stories growing up and i wish that my daughter and my nieces and my nephews would have had the opportunity to get to know him and hear the stories behind every single one of his tattoos. I miss you grandpa! I miss you uncle George!

  198. Lee Ann Leytem says:

    First of all, a great and well-deserved tribute to our Veterans – and, thank you to all Veterans for their service, sacrifice and patriotism. My father was a WWII Veteran and my brother-in-law served in Viet Nam, so I am fully aware of everything that our service men and women do for our freedom. My small town just dedicated a beautiful All Veterans Memorial on the grounds of our American Legion Post. It is very impressive. I would love to win this album and put together a book to donate to our local museum’s military display as an additional honor to our Veterans.In any case, let us all be thankful for those who protect and preserve our freedom and may we never forget. Thank you, again for our freedom.

  199. BFlores says:

    Thank you to all who serve and their families. My dad is a Vietnam war veteran and my husband currently serve our country. I am very proud of both and all the ones that accept the great responsibility of take care of our freedom and do what is right, although it is so hard some times. My prayers go to them every single day and to their parents, spouses, son and daughters.

    God Bless!

  200. Cindi says:

    I have a family full of retired and active duty service men and women and I want to say thank you to all of them for protecting us. My niece is in Afghanistan right now (be safe Thena) and my oldest son James just got home this year from Iraq (I love you son). Thank you and hurrah shout to all of you who protect us so that we can be FREE.

  201. Anneliese says:

    My father served in the Air Force & my husband served in the Navy. Both were wonderful experiences for them. I am proud of them & of everyone who serves to help & protect our country. Thank you!!!

  202. Debbie C. says:

    When I was a teenager, summer after high school graduation, my sister and I would go out to Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver to visit the soldiers who were recouperating from injuries received in the Vietnam War. Many were just sitting their in bed with no legs, and/or other very serious injuries. ALL were so happy to have someone to talk to and show appreciation for what they had sacrificed. That experience created a soft spot in my heart for all our veterans, but especially those who served in Vietnam. Thank you all!

  203. Thank you and may GOD BLESS each and every one of our service men and women. So many young people have given up their lives for us. This is truly a day for remembering and reflection.

  204. Barbara says:

    I just wanted to say thank you to our brave service men and women, past and present. They are the true Americans that have made our country safe. My father was in the Air force back in the 40’s. My mother drove a truck for the army. I am truly proud to be an American and hope for the best for all of our troops overseas! Thank you!

  205. Dreama Bordeaux says:

    I have great respect for our military men and women. My father was in the USNavy, his three brothers served in the USArmy, two making it a career. I lost a couple of friends in the Vietnam conflict. My (first) husband served in Vietnam and we were engaged at the time. Our first year together was in the military. It is hard being away from family/friends. It takes special people to do that every day.Thank you VETERANS. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL OF AMERICA!

  206. Lori F says:

    Happy Veterans Day and thank you. My father served in three wars and five of my siblings served in the military. My nephew has been to Afghanistan twice in the past six years. Thank you! I love our military and veterans! This day is for you with 364 other ones!

  207. I am very Thankful for our guys and gals serving to protect our country! I have relatives who have served in the Army, Airforce, and Marines. My Pop was in Vietnam. His whole platoon was killed except him. He had to play dead and not move or make a sound as the vietcon went around stabing the soliders with bamboo spears. He has several scars on his chest where they stabbed him. One of his lungs collasped from being stabed. I would never have known him if God had not been merciful to him and helped him to be still and quiet. As you see I have a lot to be thankful for. Edwina Brown

  208. Karina Dobberstein says:

    I send a HUGE thank you to all that have prior service and all those currently serving, including my son who is currently deployed to Afghanistan! May God bless you and your families!

  209. Debby J says:

    My dad was in the Army/AirCorp during WWI stationed in Guam, my cousin(Army) was a POW during the Vietnam War, his brother (AirForce) was in Europe, a very good friend served 3 tours as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and I lost a very dear friend there too. My husband is a retired Lt.Col, having proudly served 32 years. Every time I see a solider in uniform I think about the brave men and women who have served and still serve and I thank them for their time away from family and friends and for their dedication to our country. I only wish more people would realize what they and their families endure and appreciate them more.

  210. Peggy Estes says:

    I am very thankful for the men and women who serve to keep our country free and safe. My grandfather served. My husband was in the navy for 4 years. I didn’t know him then but have heard the stories.
    Thank you and God bless everyone who serves and their families!

  211. A Huge grateful thank you to
    Dad Air Force WWII
    Father-in-law Navy WWII
    Step-father-in-law Army Korea
    Brother National Guard
    Brother Navy Vietnam
    Sister Army Vietnam
    Brother-in-law Air Force Iraq X 2
    Nephew Marines Iraq x2
    as well as many cousins, I think we have almost all of the branches of the military covered.

  212. Kay Bechtol says:

    The sacrifices that have been given by so many so that I can sit here at my computer and not worry what I say. We must remember that our freedom was/is not free. A huge THANK YOU to all who have served in the past and now. I have four brothers who all served (one in each branch) my husband in the Air Guard and now our grandson-in-law is in the Marines. May God be very near to each one and their families. Thanks Megan, for this opportunity to honor the Best in the world.

  213. Debra says:

    I am truly thankful to the many men in my family who have served in our armed forces. My grandfather and father in law, in world war II, my husband in the Vietnam era, My son during the Iraq and Afganistan wars, My other son served during the 9-11 attack on the twin towers. In the first hours of the attack they were sure they would be called on to defend our country against foreign forces. No one hesitated to pledge their life for their country. The United States are truly blessed. Thank you veterans everywhere.

  214. Bonita says:

    My father, uncles, and brothers-in-law all served in WW II. The ones who served on the front lines didn’t talk about it much since it was so traumatic to see their fellow servicemen wounded or dying. So many have given so much. I am so grateful for their sacrifice.

  215. Melissa Papke says:

    My father, who passed away in 1998 at the age of 67, entered Officer’s School in 1951 and eventually retired as a Lt. Col. from the Air Force in the early 1970s. Like all military personnel my family moved a lot… I think my Mom told me 18 places in 20 years! We even lived in Thailand for one year from 1970 to 1971 during the Vietnam War where my Dad flew missions to Vietnam from Thailand. The pride I feel for my father’s service to this great country is beyond words. I thank God every day for him and people like him who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect this great country and our freedoms!

  216. Joann Pruitt says:

    Proud salute to all of our Veterans. I am married to a man who served 30 years in the US Army. My family includes a great uncle who lost his WWI, my father and his 5 brother whom also served.To my sister and brother also served. To my cousin Fred Quandt who lost his life in Vietnam. I am proud to be part a a military family. Prays to all the families that have love ones serving and to those who have lost their loves in service to our great country.

  217. Karen B Kontrath says:

    A big hoo rah to all current and past vets. A special shout out to my son, serving in the USMC over in Japan right now. Happy Vets Day to all !!!

  218. Kat Anderson says:

    Thank you for your beautiful post. My father served and I call him every Veteran’s Day to Thank him. It is a tradition! I have been working on a scrapbook for him and try to add pages as new ideas come. My best friend lost her father several years ago to cancer. He served in WWII and Korea. He received several bronze stars and a silver star. As her first project we have been working on his scrapbook as well. This year we designed purses using patches from their divisions in fabric matching their uniforms. We stenciled them with their names, Proud US Army daughters, and pockets with their names on the flap. Now her grandson is entering the Army, and we will be making a purse for his mother stating she is a Proud US Army Mother.

  219. Diane Silver says:

    What an awesome way to celebrate this occasion that is very special to me and my family! My son, Stephen, has just finished serving in the US Army both in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are very proud of him. My father served in the Arny during the Korean war and my father-in-law served in the Pacific theater during WWII. I, myself, served as a US Army Nurse during the Vietnam conflict. Both of my sons played in marching bands during their school years and I must admit when I attend a Veterans Parade, I still cry whenever the service men and women and flag pass by. I am so proud to have served my country and am so thankful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I hope that no matter what one thinks of the current wars, you will pray for them and their families that worry about their safety every single day. It is truly a sacrifice and a laying down of one’s life for ours. God bless them all!

  220. Lynne says:

    I’m thankful for all past and present service men and women that allow me to have the freedeom that I enjoy.

    Thank you to all of you and also your families for all of the sacrifices that you make for us.

  221. I would like to thank all of the current and past servicemen and women who protect one of the most precious things America has – FREEDOM! God bless you all and, for those of you overseas, stay safe.

  222. Maggie Ingraham says:

    My son-in -law is a Marine. He has served for 11 years now. He has been to Iraq 3 times and every time I have feel proud, fearful, and most of all thankful. It is people like him who allow me to live in a free society. I have the ability to make choices in all areas of my life because there are people who are willing to sacrifice everything for our country. Thank you to all the men and women who are serving and have served for the past 236 years!!

  223. Sue Alg says:

    Megan, what a wonderful idea. Thanks for the chance to thank all our military personnel and their families. I’ve been doing our family ancestry and was thrilled to find out about all my ancestors who have served in the past. Currently, my grandson and his wife both serve in the Navy. I’ve had 2 sons who also served, as well as my father and countless other relatives. So for them and others in the military may I say “THANK YOU” from the bottom of my heart. KEEP SAFE.

  224. Maggie Ingraham says:

    My son-in -law is a Marine. He has served for 11 years now. He has been to Iraq 3 times and every time I feel proud, fearful, and most of all thankful. It is people like him who allow me to live in a free country. I have the ability to make choices in all areas of my life because there are people who are willing to sacrifice everything for our country. Thank you to all the men and women who are serving and have served for the past 236 years!!

  225. Diane says:

    My father served in the Korean and World War II, My older brother seved during Vietnam. My youngest brother and his wife are in the Airforce and have served overseas. I know firsthand the sacrafices the famalies have to go through. Thank you to all who serve.

  226. Rebecca Ross says:

    My wonderful son-law served in the Marines for 10 years. He came home safe from multi deployments in the middle east and asia. If it were not for all the men and women who left their loved ones to serve our country and keep her FREE I do not think we would be here to post our heartfelt love and gratitude today.

  227. Sherry says:

    Over 2/3 of my life has been with the military. My husband did 27 years in the Navy, and some of the was on subs. That area of service in the Navy involves a lot of secrecy and where there is secrecy there always seems to be extra danger, even when we weren’t at war. Now, my youngest son, ( my baby boy, he hates that!) is in the Army. He has a college degree and the Army wants him to cross over to be an officer but he refuses. He had a soccer scholarship for college and the Army wanted him to play fulll time for their team and he refused that too. Why would a young guy give up these great opportunities? Well, my son is a Green Beret, and he says he won’t let ANYTHING interfere with that.if her were to become an officer there is no gaurantee that he will remain a Green Beret. He says God made him big, strong and firmwilled for a purpose and his purpose is to protect our country and it’s people as well as other people that are being treated wrongly. I never know where, when, or what he does (talk about secrecy!) but our family and friends always pray for his safety. I’m proud of him and ALL the military men and women, I know the sacrifices they and their families make. Been there, done that and have a closet full of T-shirts!! I love our country and offer my family to it’s services!

  228. Donna says:

    Thanks to all our veterans & their families for their sacrifices for our country’s freedoms & security. My daughter & son-in-law are both Navy vets & we are very proud of them. Both served at Oceania Naval Air Station during the last years of their service. I would love making a scrapbook for them with these ingenious new albums. Thanks, Megan, for starting this Veteran’s Day posting. I’m amazed at all the wonderful posts here & that we all appreciate what our vets, past & present, have done for us.

  229. Rita says:

    My husband was on a submarine in the Navy for 9 years, my nephew is a Navy pilot currently in the military and my Grand daughters husband is currently in the Navy serving in Spain. A big “Thank You ” to all in the military, God Bless You and keep you all safe.

  230. Yvonne says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Freedom is something that should nevet be taken lightly. We lowve our country but those that are selected as our service men and women are actually our saviours, our protectors on earth. Thank you for all you…we love you. Dad it is in honor of you who continues to show me the price he had to pay as he raises his flag every morning and proudly salutes it…he also sits a missing solider at our Thanksgiving table complete with boots, rifle, dog tags, and helmet. He is my hero…vietnam vet.

  231. Emily W says:

    I love my Vet- my husband is currently deployed. A themed book for all his stuff would be a great way to show off his career. Thank you for donating!

  232. Mabel says:

    I am so very grateful to all of our Veterans who have kept our country safe. I continually pray for those who are on active duty to come home to their familys safe! Thank You & may God Bless them All!

  233. Wendy H says:

    Many many thanks and prayers to all veterans and those currently serving. A special thank you to my father, who served in the Navy in Viet Nam and who continues to serve others as Commander of his local VFW Post.
    Look for your local veteran today: donate a $1 (or more) and wear a poppy!

  234. Mary Elizabeth Partin says:

    My father finished his college degree requirements in Alabama in March 1943. He went directly to Midshipman’s School and served on LST 222 in the pacific. They were involved in 7 invasions and no one received a Purple Heart. They were very blessed. Since he could not return for the graduation walk, he never formally received his college diploma. This bothered him. In 2008 at 88 years old, he walked in the summer graduation. When the audience was told the story, he received a standing ovation. There was not a dry eye in the crowd.

  235. Kari says:

    Thank you all who have, are and will serve our country. My grandfathers and father served, along with many friends, some still are active.

  236. Desiree E. Hesse says:

    I would like to give GREAT THANKS to my grandfathers Carl Bunde & Robert Hesse (R.I.P. both of you) for serving in WWII and Grandpa Spears for serving in WWI. I would also like to thank my Cousins Larry Dishaw & William Bachorski (both active in the US ARMY for serving both in Iraq and Afghanistan) Stephen Freethy (my son’s half-brother) and My Step Son Christopher R. Manning Jr. For serving in the Air Force. And Last but not least any other friends, affiliates or fellow US Citizens that have Served our country protecting us and our Freedom as Fellow US Citizens. Thanks Guys and Ladies for all your hard work to keep the US STRONG.

  237. Jean says:

    My sons both served one in the Marines and one in the Army. Their father served in the Air Force during the Vietnam war. And now my Grandson is (was) serving in in the Army in the Afghanistan front lines in the mountains where he was injured under fire and is now in a hospital in Germany. Looks like he will be returning but to Alaska for rehabilitation. They have cancelled his leave he was to get for Christmas. But we are just thankful he can be rehabilitated and will be safe for awhile. He on the other hand wants to return to duty as soon as possible.

  238. Tracy says:

    A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all who serve and have served our great country!! God Bless the USA!
    My dad (who passed away 3 years ago at the age of 98) was a Medical Sargeant in WWII. He was sent to the Phillipines. He had never before traveled outside of his small rural childhood area. His 3 brothers also enlisted. One was refused due to diabetes. The other two served in the European Theater. All three came home after the War.

    We have had so many relatives and friends who have served/are serving in different branches of the military — Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force. I am proud to say that someone from our family has served in the military since the Revolutionary War.

    Thanks, Megan for starting this awesome tribute to those who serve!! Thank you all for your great service to our country!!! God Bless!!

  239. Madeline Griggs says:

    My husband & I had uncles & his Dad who served in WWII. We have friends who served in VietNam and friends who are in Iraq and all now. We very much appreciate all that they did and are doing. We hope that they can end the present war and all soldiers can come home. God Bless the soldiers and keep them safe.

  240. A Heartfelt thanks to all are service men and women and their families. While we are at home safe never forget the sacrifice given by our Military. Thanks

  241. Ginger says:

    Freedom truly is not free. Our servicemen and women make sacrifices each day that we may enjoy our way of life. Their families spend countless hours alone, spending holidays without them and praying for their safe return. To all of you, I say thank you! Today I also honor my son who is currently serving in the US Navy. I am so proud of him for his devotion to his country and of his selflessness in giving of himself in order that we remain free. To the multitudes that have served before him, thank you.

  242. Pam says:

    I too have a husband who served in Vietnam, He was injured in a parachute accident that left him partially paralyzed. I am thankful for all those who serve and those who like me, wait at home and pray that your loved ones return safely. FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!! God bless every soldier and their families that have fought so hard, and lost so much, through all the wars, to keep our country free!!

  243. Marissa Flores says:

    My husband is a former Marine – I am so proud of him! I am also very thankful and grateful for all of those who serve our country. We are very blessed to have them watching over us! So to all service members : THANK YOU!!!!! May God watch over you as you watch over us!

  244. Crystal Nichols says:

    To ALL service men/women THANK YOU a thousand times over for protecting our great & free country!

  245. Cherie G says:

    My heart goes out to all the military members past and present. Thanks for all the Veterans who have kept our country safe, and thanks to those who are currently serving. I am currently married to a Navy pilot. We have been married for three years, and we are preparing for his second deployment. I pray for all the families with members serving to be strong, and for their service member to return home safe. We would not be the country without all the braves souls who keep us and have kept us safe for all these years. Thank you a million times over. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

  246. Carmen Elrod says:

    My son served in the USAF for four years~ This not only taught him so much about honor and respect for our country, but our whole family sacrificed things and learned from this experience! I recall one night I was up really late getting his Christmas package ready to mail to Alaska~ I was listening to the Christian radio station who were saluting our heros and having interviews with him…..I was missing him terribly and so so sad that he couldnt come home for Christmas..when at 2 am ~ on the radio station ~ he started talking ……wishing mom and dad a Merry Christmas! I bawled my eyes out!!!!! I still cry when I remember that beautiful night in which God blessed me so dearly!

  247. Vanessa says:

    I have always been honored to come from a family (on both sides) that has members that have served or are serving various branches of the Armed Forces. I would like to say thank you to my husband for his 5 years in the Marine Corp, my uncle for his 20 years in the Army, my cousin by marriage for his currently 12 years in the Navy, my other uncle for his 20 years in the Airforce and for my cousin who has been serving in the Marine Corp (including a recent tour in Afghanistan) for the last 10 years. I am truly proud of them for serving our country and the sacrifics they and others like them have made so that we at home can remain free.

  248. DianeK says:

    A big thankyou for serving: to my brother Duane Bubac who served in Desert storm and many other overseas locations as an enlisted and retired from the Air Force as a SMSgt and my bother in law Eric Choker who served and retired from the AirForce as flight gunner on many overseas deployments. Also, my father in law who served in Iraq during WW II delivering supplies as a train engineer, we thank them and all others who serve now or in the last…a big thankyou! They served us and their fellow servicemen during difficult times.<3.

  249. My Father-in-law served in the military and received a purple heart in the Korean War. I am ever grateful for the men and women who daily put their lives on the line for this country. Military, Police, and Fire.

  250. Marissa Solomon-Garcia says:

    God bless my grandpa, my best friend Rino, countless friends, students and everyone else who, over the years, has served in our armed forces. Thank you, God, for the fact that I have been particularly blessed in that no one I have loved has ever died, or even been seriously injured, in combat. If only everyone else were so lucky.

  251. Suzanne D says:

    Thank you and God’s blessings to all our service men and women! Especially my son Michael who is currently in Germany and to my neighbor boy Matt who gave all for our country in Afghanistan… We honor all of you!

  252. Elizabeth says:

    I am so grateful of the sacrifices made by our military. I’m a proud wife of a veteran Marine. Thankful today and everyday for their service.

  253. Brenda says:

    After working for the government for 39 years (33 years with the Navy) and having a son serve 4 years in the Marine Corps I know what the veterans have done for our country. I statue each and every one of them and their families. If their families weren’t supportive then they couldn’t do their job. Happy Veteran’s Day!!!!!!!

  254. Leslie Anderson says:

    What a wonderful giveaway as a tribute to our troops. My hubby is retired from the Air Force so the military men and women hold a place if honor in my heart. I have a nephew who just got his orders for AF boot camp!! So nice of you to acknowledge the military!

  255. Rosemary Leal says:

    Hoorah! Happy Veteran’s Day to all the served and continue to serve in our military! My dad is a retired Marine: Sgt. Ontiveros, served 21 years. Lost both knee caps at Dessert Storm and had to retire, if not he would still be active. He now is a Bounty Hunter and Bailbondsman, still serving our community!

  256. Paulette A. says:

    So thankful for my Dad who served on the front lines during the Korean war. And extra thankful he made it home! God bless all our men & women who serve!

  257. Rose Schneider says:

    Many Thanks to all our heroes that help serve and protect this unbelievable country of ours. The dedication, commitment and love for our country is not to be underestimated. I also want to give thanks to the families that endure while their loved ones are away serving. The agony, anticipation and sometimes unfortunate pain that is caused must at times prove to be unbearable. I pray for days of peace so no one person or family has to endure this type of suffering again. God Bless America!!!!

  258. Terri Ballantyne says:

    Thank God for all our vets. Thanks to all the vets that have served or are currently serving. A special thanks to my son Brandon M. Ballantyne and his fellow Screaming Eagle brothers and sisters. Each and every one of you make my heart swell w/ love and pride!

  259. Tammy Brownlee says:

    I have 4 members from my family that served in the military. My Grandfather was in the Army during WWII and served in Germany. My Step-Father was in the Marines, my Father was in the Air Force, and my Step-Brother was in the Army. I am very proud of them & all of our service men & women, past & present, and the sacrifices they and their families made for our Country. Without those sacrifices we would not have the freedoms we enjoy today. So I stand & Salute you all! Thanks so very much! God bless America & our service people. Please keep them safe.

  260. Kathryn Peery says:

    I come from a family of veteran’s. My father served 20 years in the Navy during WWII and Korea, my older brother served in the Air Force, I was in the Army (back when they were still called WAC’s), my younger brother is a disabled Navy veteran and my younger sister was in the Air Force. I have been married to a retired Navy man for 40 years and know of the deep sacrifices that we all (service people and spouses alike) make to keep our country safe both here at home and on foreign soil. God Bless our troops and their families.

  261. Nancy says:

    Today, we honor men and women who risk their lives to keep our country FREE~~~ and so many continue to be far away from their families and friends now and will be during the holidays. I am PROUD to be an American, and PROUD

  262. Tracy J says:

    My grandfather was a Pearl Harbor survivor, the sights he witnessed during the bombing of Pearl Harbor stayed with him til the end. My husband was stationed in Hawaii for most of his active duty time, the sights he witnessed were very much different. I am thankful and grateful to all our men and women that serve with dignity and pride — and to the families of those that gave their all, thank you. May God bless the United States of America.

  263. Dawn Thiesen says:

    We are keenly aware of the tremendous sacrifices of our service heroes, and so endlessly grateful not only for them, but also their spouses and children. A family member is a chaplain for the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Once again, thank you all for standing watch for those of us who can’t.

  264. Marilyn Allen says:

    This is so wonderful of you to honor the Veterans of the United States. I, too, was in the Marine Corps, (Vietnam War) it is always bitter sweet when this time of the year rolls around. The Marine Corps birthday was yesterday 11-10 and many of the conservative radio stations mentioned it and it makes me very proud to be a part of a 236 year old group of men & women. Then for all branches to share private moments on Veterans Day. I have been to the Wall, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and other veteran memorials in Wash. D.C., I am so proud of all the men & women who have served in the Armed Forces.
    Also thank you for giving me a site that has military scrapbook items. God Bless America

  265. Mila says:

    Thank you to everyone who is serving our country!!

  266. Kayla says:

    My grandfather and aunt both served in the Air Force, and when I look through their pictures of them in uniform and in front of their craft, I always get such a sense of awe. A huge thanks to all those who have served and who are serving our country! Thank you to their families’ sacrafices as well. I appreciate each and every one defending our country, and they all should be truly proud of what they do and how they have served. Thank you so much!

  267. Stephanie W says:

    My dad was a WWII Marine veteran. He served on a small island in the South Pacific where he repaired B-25s that had been in air battles. I am so proud of him and thankful for all of our military personnel. We now live in an area where there is a base for each of the branches of the military nearby. I have even more respect for our soldiers and their families than ever before.

  268. Suzie Hart says:

    Both my father and my grandfather served in the British Army, my grandfather was a Colonel in the Gurkha’s and was mentioned in dispatches… I know I am lucky that they both came safely home but there are plenty that didn’t, and for those families I feel for their loss. Today in the UK it’s Armistice Day, and I wore my poppy with pride to remember those who didn’t come home.

  269. Shari says:

    My grandfather was in WWII . We just sat down as a family and went through the artifacts he left for us and we made a flag box for the flag he was buried with. I have several uncles that served and my other grandfather served in CCC because his brother was already inlisted so he could not go to war too. What a sacrifice these brave men and woman go through. They put their lives at risk so we can be home sleeping In our own beds with our children safe beside us. It really is awesome to think of how brave our soldiers are. God Bless them each and every one.

  270. Lori banks says:

    I really appreciate the military the young Men & Woman who fight for our freedom..I was unable to join the service for being Diabetic.So I thought I would marry a Marine..What a mistake that was..worst time of my Life…But I would never SPIT on any of them (except my X) LOL

  271. Julie says:

    Thank you Lord Jesus first and foremost for giving us all of our men and women who served and died and still serving. To my husband Donald thank you for your service and love of our country, willing to serve and sacrifice unselfishly. I honor you, my Dad Joe (deceased), my brother Joe, father in law Lawrence (deceased), Mother in Law Eva, in laws Carol, Larry, Uncle Joe, Uncle Frank, and many many more….And to all of you who served and are serving, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, no words can express the gratitude that so many of us all share together for YOU. May the Lord keep you, bless you, sustain you, lift you, help you, watch over you and your families, surround you, and be your leaning post at all times, your everlasting light in hard and at all times. I honor you all. God Bless you…

  272. Lynda says:

    I am located in Maritime Canada. Here, today, it is Remembrance Day and is a holiday. I spent part of the morning at a ceremony of Remembrance at our local Cenotaph though the service was moved inside today as it was raininng hard. Remembrance Day has a special meaning for me and in the past few years I have learned a considerable bit about it. I belong to a National Womens’ Organization and am Education Officer for my province. One of my tasks is to prepare a Remembrance Day message that is sent out to many of the Elementary schools. Researching about the poppy and various other aspects connected with this day, and talking to veterans for information for these messages,gives one a lot of respect and admiration for those who fought and died for our freedoms.

  273. my husband is USAF retired, and my sister is a 33 yr USAF reservist. I am thankful to have many members of my family as veterans. I am currently working on a family heritage album and just recently got ahold of photos of my dad’s cousin’s grave in Epinal, France. He was killed during the battle of the Bulge in WW2. Another one of his cousins was severly injured and later died of complications of his injuries sustained at the invasion of Normandy. I am blessed to have found records of my great grandmother’s brother, who served during the civil war. I am very proud of my family’s military service.

  274. Sheri Clapp says:

    Thanks to our troops past and present we have the freedom and priviledge to openly state our gratiude to them without fear of harassment, danger or worse. My husband comes from a long line of military service and is a two purple heart disabled Vietnam vetran himself. We now have two grandsons serving overseas as well. Our freedoms are insured by the continuing battle to protect those rights. So often at a very high price and tremendous sacrifices. Thank you to all who have served to protect Americas safety and freedoms. God Bless America!

    ften at great cost Thank-you to all of our troops past and present for your sacrifices.

  275. Peg Hubbard says:

    My father served in WWII, when he and so many other men from our country endured hardships and harrowing experiences which left them scarred in many diverse ways. Yet, they never complained, and were proud of every man they served with. My son-in-law showed what kind of exceptional man he is through his service with the Marine Corps. I lost many dear friends in Vietnam, and stood up for them when others were making them wonder why they were serving. Thank you to every single veteran, those who gave their lives, those who were left disabled, and those who joined the services knowing they might be asked to give their lives for all of us. God Bless you all!!!

  276. Linda Plick says:

    I am proud to have served 5 years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. However, I am most proud of the 30 years of service my husband, Robert, gave to the nation. Like a lot of other young men in times past, he lied about his age to get in, and found himself far from home for the first time in his life, only 16 years old in 1948. Being a natural born leader, he thrived in the military and was at the top enlisted rank at age 20. He served in the Korean Conflict and in Vietnam. He is most proud of two events in his military life. The first one is his participation in the integration of the Army. As a young African-American in 1948, his unit was composed of all black men with white officers. Then one brave white man volunteered to be the first in his unit. Robert’s task was to see that no harm came to the man and to ease his transition into the black unit. He was successful in this endeavor and the two men remained fast friends. Th other event happened at the end of his career. He was asked to serve on a Department of the Army task force on Women in the Army. Along with a large group of people of varying ranks, he travelled all over the world investigating how women were being utilized in the Army and whether the jobs available to them should be expanded. Robert is my hero in so many ways, but his military service tops the list. His only objective in his 30 year career was to serve the country he loves. Many thanks to all who served and are still serving.

  277. Donna Williamson says:

    My most sincerest gratitude and respect for all our warriors serving in the US military now and who have served in the past. Not only do you protect the freedoms we Americans enjoy, you render aid to those who are in need and suffering worldwide, fighting to keep the world free and safe. May God keep you safe always and shower blessings on you and your families. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service and HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

  278. Margie T says:

    My husband served during WW2 in the Navy and also Merchant Marines Had a brother in the Army and also a brother in the Air Force so the military is all around my family

  279. Mary Johansen says:

    I thank all those that have given their lives and risked all to make my life secure and safe.
    Thank you,
    Mary Johansen

  280. Kathy says:

    First thank you for introducing me to these albums. Second my family has served when necessary from 1637 on. If I were to win the album, I would enter in it all in the family who served so our future generations will see the rich heritage of loving and serving the United States of America. My Dad was a Marine in the Pacific in WWII so in his honor am sending out a big ‘Hoo-Rah! to those now serving in all branches. God Bless all our service people and thank you.

  281. Tobey Fierst says:

    Thank-you to all who have served in the past and are currently serving. I come from a proud military family. My Dad,husband, brothers, daughter, and son-in-law have all served and some have retired from the army.
    It is an honor to be an American and to come from a family of heroes for they are all that in my eyes.

  282. Winifred Walker says:

    I am very thankful for what our soldiers have done for us. Without their efforts I would not be able to live in the United States. Without their efforts, I would not be able to worship as I please. Without their efforts, my life would not be what it is today. THANK YOU for everything you do every day.

  283. Mary H. says:

    Thank you for all that have and now serving in the Service. I know it is a hard road for a lot of Veterans out there, because I lived with a man for many years who went to Vietnam in 72 and came back a very changed man. Thank you men and women for keeping us FREE!!!!! God Bless you!!!
    Mary

  284. Tena Jones says:

    I am so thankful for our military. My son , Daniel, served a year in Iraq. I’m thankful to all the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day. God bless you and your families.

  285. Kim Kucharski says:

    My father, Jim Kelly, was in the army during the Korean War. He was a cook. When he started, the mess halls has long tables with benches for the soldiers to eat at. My dad was the one responsible for getting 4 man tables with chairs to replace the long tables. He has a plaque hanging in his honor at the base. Both of my sons are also veterans. Ken is a US Marine and served 2 tours in Iraq as a fire control specialist. I thank my now daughter-in-law, Ruth, for helping to ease his anxieties after he returned to the States. My son Matt served in the Coast Guard. He helped capture a Columbian drug ship. It took 2 semi trucks to haul the heroin away! I thank God for bring them home to me in one piece. May God watch over and protect all of our military and God bless America!

  286. Nelda says:

    Freedom isn’t free! A big THANK YOU to all the military personnel and their families for allowing us to live in a country with freedom.

  287. Mindy C says:

    I am proud to be a great-granddaughter, granddaughter, daughter and a friend of some of those that have served our country and still are. It’s hard to express how grateful and honored I am to know them and have them be a part of my life. I am truly grateful to all of those men and women who serve our country to protect our freedom. So a big shout out too you Veterans!

  288. Vicki B says:

    I am truly blessed to live in a country that has men and women who volunteer to protect this great country of ours. I have 2 sons, one which serves in the Air Force Reserves and another son who is a police officer. The things that they both have experienced makes me wonder why anyone would risk their lives for people they do not know. It is for the love of their country, friends, and family that they serve. I am thankful for special days that are set aside to remember those who serve.

  289. MARY bETH CHOJNACKI says:

    I want to thank and remember my brother who is serving in the Army in Aftganistan now. He has been there for 3 wks and leaves behind 5 children and a wife. This is his 4th tour over there, He will be there for a yr. Praying that he returns safely.

  290. Kerri says:

    A big THANK YOU to not only those who have served and are serving, but to their families for making such a huge sacrifice.

    [excerpt from Preserving the Fabric of Our Nation, a Veterans Day message from Senator John Cornyn.]
    http://tinyurl.com/75eok4m

    “In 1942, while serving in the U.S. Army on the island of Mindanao, Spain’s husband Paul and fellow soldiers Joe Victoria and Eddie Lindros were ordered to burn the U.S. flag at the Del Monte Airfield to prevent its capture by the approaching Japanese. Before they carried out their orders, however, the three soldiers removed the flag’s 48 stars and hid them in their clothing. Over the next 42 months, the men were transferred to several POW camps and eventually to Japan. All the while, they kept the stars hidden. As the war came to a close, the men began receiving parachute drops with food and aid, which signaled that their liberation was imminent. Spain, Victoria and Lindros wanted to make the U.S. troops feel welcome when they arrived, so they set out to sew the stars back together, using material from the parachutes and other scraps of fabric, an old pedal-driven sewing machine they managed to find, and a rusty nail, which they converted into a sewing needle. When the American troops arrived at the camp on September 7, 1945, their “new” flag was flying proudly over the camp.”

  291. Barbara Wilson says:

    My father served in world war two. I had uncles in the korean war and cousins in vietnam. We should all be thankful for all that the USA service men and women do for us.

    • Sarah Elsass says:

      Thank you to all veterans on this day! My father served- and I have several friends whose sons are currently serving. Sending prayers to all service men and women and their families- we owe them a debt of gratitide for their service!

  292. For my father, my brother and my nephew, you already know how much we love you and are so supportive of your service. Most of all, for every singl man and woman who has not known that support and love, I send to you now the love and appreciation of a grateful citizen. What you do matters and I and my family thank you.

  293. Grannybibi says:

    Ah!!! I hold a special place in my heart for all veterans. My daddy was a Marine Corps veteran and served in WW II, Korea and Vietnan. He is now with our Lord. When I was a little girl I remember my dad bringing home young Marines who worked for him, who were away from their families on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. They would share dinner with our family and this really left a big impression on me. Semper Fi daddy and fellow veterans. God Bless our Veterans.

    • Eileen says:

      I am proud to say that I am married to a disabled American Veteran. He servered his country well when times in America were turbulant in the 60’s when the country didn’t rally around it’s service men and women. It would break my heart when he was in uniform and people would say terrible things to him. All he wanted to do was serve his country.

      I am so happy that people have gotten a grip and now understand that these brave men and women are doing what is necessary to keep us in a safe and free in a dangerous world. Freedom comes with a price and thank God that there are men and women out there that would do anything for their country.

      I truly love this country and everyday I say thank you to my verteran for the life he has given me, our family and our country.
      God bless America and the wonderful men and women of the armed services!!!

  294. CathyinMN says:

    I want to thank all of the men and women, old and young, who are serving or have served in the U.S. military. Without you and your service, we would not have the the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted in this country. I have a sister who is retired from the Army after serving 20+ years and served in Desert Storm and Somalia, a brother-in-law who is in the Army Reserves and has served in Iraq, a nephew who is a medic in the Army and a niece who just joined the Navy when she graduated from high school this summer. I am so proud of each and every one of them, and of all of those who have and are serving in the military. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  295. Betty Miller says:

    Thank you to all who serve, or have seved, especially both of my grandfathers and my brother. Love you all!

  296. Vicky Syfrett says:

    I am so thankful to have a husband and father that served us all by being in the Army. I also have cousins and nephews and brother in laws that have done the same and are still enlisted. Without their unselfish service, along with all the others who served, we would not have the freedoms we do today. Thank you for making my life better.
    Vicky

  297. Jen N in NW OH says:

    A Huge THANK YOU & hug to all of our military personnel currently serving & retired! My brother, grandpa, 4 uncles and 2 cousins have served our wonderful country protecting our freedom. I really appreciate what we have in this country because of them. THANKS again & ((((hugs))))! God bless the USA & our military!

  298. DiAnn Tenorio says:

    Congratulations! What a tremendous way to celebrate this day. I am a sap for anything patriotic – i cry everytime the star spangled banner is song or played, I don’t know why, but it touches me so deeply.
    This is Great way to celebrate the men and women who fight for our freedom.

  299. Edwina says:

    There are so many veterans in my family, it’s almost impossible for me to talk about just one! Being a veteran myself, I know just a small amount of what these men and women today have to give up to serve and protect our country. I was lucky, I wasn’t in the military during a time of conflict although I signed up and was willing to fight to protect my country. I served for a while in West Germany, there were so many people over there just like me. In a country where a lot of people spoke another language and different traditions from my own. But, in many ways, they were people just like me also. Leaving home was tough, that’s where Mom and Dad were. Where I had lived while growing up and going to school. Where a lot of my favorite meals were prepared all the time. Where I was able to decide what to wear every day of my life.
    Once I joined the military, I was told what to wear, when to get up in the morning and go to bed at night. Where to go and where to live. Basic Training was tough, for a while I didn’t know if I was up to everything I was expected to do. All the physical training, running, push ups, and sit ups too. Marching here, marching there with a rucksack on my back most of the time. Learning how to shoot both an M16 and an M60, granades also. After that, there was AIT where I learned how to become a Military Police woman. How to do so much more, arresting people, making sure it was safe for my partner and my self. Always at the back of my mind, missing home. Hoping at every mail call that something was there for me. Looking forward to the time I was allowed to call home to hear a voice I now missed so much!
    I could start with my wonderful son who continues our family tradition of serving. He’s now in the Army Reserves. Then, there’s my husband who was in the Navy during Viet Nam. Or my Father and Uncle who were in the Army Air Corps during WWII, my husband’s father was in the Navy during that war too. During WWI, both of my grandfather’s and my husband’s grandfather served, I know his grandfather was the beginning of his family’s Navy tradition. On my mother’s side, there were several men who fought on the Confederate side and on my father’s side, was at least one man who fought on the Federal side of the Civil War. While researching my family tree, we have found several ancestors who fought in the American Revolution. Several of these brave men fought and died in their respective wars while some were able to go home afterwards and fight their own personal war of dealing with the aftermath of loosing friends and relatives to war.
    Isn’t it interesting how many wars are called the war to end all war and then, a few years later, another war comes along? If only we could come up with some way to end all war. To keep our loved ones safe who have signed up to protect us and our country?

    • Lydia Schlundt says:

      I have several relatives who have served in the military including a brother, brother-in-law, who served in Viet Nam and more recently, our son, who served in the marines for over 13 years.
      Thank you for this opportunity to win the military album which would be used for our son.

  300. Pat McD. says:

    I am thankful for all who are serving now and all those who have served and died for our freedom. I have a daughter who is now serving our country in the U.S. Air Force. She is transferring to Turkey to next month, where she will
    spend the next two years. I’m very proud of my daughter and very thankful of her service to our country.

  301. My nephew, Brandon Wilson, served 3 tours of duty in Iraq in the U.S. Marine Corps. My nephew, Jeff VanZuiden, served in the U.S. Army. Thanks to them and ALL of the troops for keeping America free! I love you ALL! … And thanks to the families for their sacrafices… I know it’s hard! <3

  302. Lars Anderson says:

    Thanks to all of the U.S. troops and thier families. We would not be here today without you! God Bless you all!

  303. Debbie E says:

    My Father served in WWII in the Pacific, he has not really opened up much, but the last several years some things have slipped out. He is is 88 and a year and a half ago he was able to go to Washington D.C. for the Honor Flight he states these trip was amazing so I also want to thank everyone in ND and anyone else that donate to this wonderful organization to make this trip possible for him
    Thanks all Veterans for our Liberties and Freedom

  304. Sue Davis says:

    God Bless America! God bless the American troops and their families.

  305. Elizabeth Hartley-Kitchen says:

    Oh Megan Elizabeth, these uniformed scrapbooks are amazing. I can’t begin to tell you how much time I have spent looking for military themed scrapbook items. Thank you for bringing them back to our attention on this Veteran’s Day. Thank you to all our Vetran’s and current service people who love this country enough to stand up for our country. God bless them all!

  306. Holly Buchanan says:

    I grateful for all the servicemen and women that protect our country. My husband got out of the Army about 8 years ago and I’m so thankful for his service.

  307. Jackie says:

    A real hero doesn’t wear a cape, he/she wears dog tags! Never miss a chance when you see someone in uniform to say “Thank you!” you never know, that could be the last time you will ever see them, they could be laying their life down for you. That goes to police and fire as well. Thank you also to the families of those who serve, they make a huge sacrifice as well. God Bless our uniformed heros! Veterans day should be everyday.

  308. Norma says:

    My grandfather served in WWI; my mother, father and 2 uncles served in WWII and my husband served in the Viet Nam war, and the Gulf war. I am very proud of them and am extremely proud of grateful for their service as well as all those who served in past wars and those who serve now; and to those who stayed behind to “mind the home fires.”

  309. Jean West says:

    I have a 20 year old son who is currently in Afghanastan. He loves being a Marine and serving his country, but it is hard for him to be away from his wife. They had one week together after getting married before he went overseas.

  310. I want to thank ALL veterans, past and present for their service. I have a few favorites: My father, James Ward, a Korean War Vet who served 22 1/2 years in the Army – I love you, Daddy! My husband, Patrick, who served during the Vietnam War. My oldest son, Dustin, who is active duty personnel, 12 years so far in the Air force and 3 tours of Iraq, so far. My middle son, Kyle, who served 3 years in the Air Force but was never deployed, but so wanted to go and be with his brother in Iraq. My oldest nephew, Brandon, Air Force, his brother, Cameron, US Navy; My other nephews (they are brothers as well) Austin (Air Force), Travis (US Marines), and Nicky (US Marines); My Father-in-law, Glenn, 32 years with the Air Force, and a WWII fighter pilot. I come from a strong military family. I was going to go into the Army myself, but was too short and didn’t weigh enough, same thing with my older sister. God bless all the troops…and their families that are often left behind to hold the fort down. Those are strong women, let me tell you! Hoo-ra and GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!

  311. I served active duty Army for 8 and became disabled..I miss the army everyday and found my true love in the army 4 years ago. I am thankful for all the veterans out there serving, have served and continuing to serve! My husband leaves us in two weeks to deploy to Afganistan and I am currently 28 weeks pregnant. I know he has to do this and will come home safe! Until than… I thank all of you veterans out there! Happy veterans day from one vet to another!

  312. KitnM says:

    Many many thanks to all who have fought for our freedom! This country would not be the same without the people who sacrifice for us. No matter the area of service, we thank you!

  313. Dawna Watty says:

    I would like to thank all the men and women who work so hard every day to protect the freedoms we enjoy everyday. I am honored to have many members of my family serve in the armed forces and I know what a burden it can be for family members. I would also like to thank the families of those who serve today and those who have served in the past. Thank You to all.

  314. Monica V says:

    A Big Thank You to all who serve, both Vets and families. I myself am Both an army brat and currently an army wife, and am proud of my both my Father and Husband; I would also like to say thanks to all who remember us when our loved ones are deployeed and have gone out of thier way to help out (baby sitting, helping out with repairs etc.) this has also shown our family that my hubby’s service is worth the sacrfice both he and we as a family make, so thank you to all of you for showing you care. We live in land of the free because of brave and I could not be more thankful.

  315. Mary M says:

    Thank you to all who serve and have served. My Father, Mother and Father-in-law all served in WWII. So much is sacrificed for our freedom.

  316. Linda says:

    Special thanks to all Veterans on this day honoring you for your service to our Country! We thank you all! My dad is 88 years old and served in World War II in the Navy — he is a proud Vet!

  317. Duane B. says:

    MY great grand dads fought in the Civil War and my grand dad fought in WW 1. My dad was with the 4th Combat Cargo Group, 14 Combat Cargo Squadron in WW2 and as a pilot he flew over the “Hump” into China hauling aviation fuel in C-46 transports. My brother was Army Corp of Engineers in the mid 70’s, I went to Pennsecola to learn to fly in 74 and now my nephew is on his second tour in Afghanistan (two Purple Hearts). I really appreciate all that he and his buddies are doing. Also my niece’s husband lost a leg in Iraq a few years back. And you know what, none of them ever complained. God Bless the Armed Forces of the United States. May they all return safely.

  318. Beverly says:

    Megan: Thank you for honoring our Veterans. They are not always remembered. My husband retired a few years ago as a Colonel with 39 years in the service. He started out in the Air Force, got out and went into the Reserves. He will tell you he still misses it.
    His father, brothers and my father all served in the military. My father served in WWII and rarely spoke of it. His unit was one of the first to help liberate the prisoners at Dachau. He had a love for this country and told us how proud he was to have served. I am proud of my family and all those who have served this wonderful country we live in to keep us free. What a sacrifice they have made.
    What an honor it is to live in the UNITED STATED OF AMERICA.

    GOD BLESS THE USA

  319. Beverly says:

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!

    I apologize for the miss spelling. I am at work and was trying to hurry :)

  320. Arielle says:

    A HUGE thanks to all the veterans that have served our country. My grandfather served in the Air Force for 16 years. My husband’s cousin who was a Marine for 8 years & it truely made him a better man and turned his life around and I think that is AMAZING!

  321. Kelli says:

    I come from a long line of veterans including my Great Grandpa and Grandpa who were both in the Navy in WW11, my brother who was in the Navy as well and served in Kuwait, my husband who served 5 years in the Air Force, my BIL who also served 5 years in the Air Force, and my husbands Grandpa and Uncle who both served in the Air Force as well….. THANK YOU so much to all who have served and all who are serving! We appreciate everything that you have done and all the sacrifices that you have made!

  322. Debbi McKelvy says:

    My grandfather was career Army; my dad was Naval Reserve, serving during Korea and my nephew is currently in the Marine Corps, having recently returned from Afghanistan. If it wasn’t for people such as these from families all over the United States, we probably wouldn’t continue to enjoy the freedoms that we have. To all service personnel – past and present – Thank you for your service to our wonderful country.

  323. Kelli Frantik says:

    It would be tough to describe in words the heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I feel for all those service men and women who protected our freedoms…..now and then. This includes my dad, who served in the Air Force in/during/after Vietnam…..I am truly grateful that you do what you do so that I can say, feel and believe what I say, feel and believe….I believe there is a special place in heaven for those who served/serve…..I APPRECIATE AND LOVE YOU.

  324. Judith Lindberg says:

    My dad served in World War II in the Philippines. I was born while he was overseas. He died in 2002, but he remains my hero in my thoughts and prayers, a wonderful man, who was loved by so many!

  325. Luria says:

    I want to say THANK YOU to all of out armed forces that are keeping us safe. We appreciate you and love you for sacrificing so much your our country.

  326. Sandy Szucs says:

    Thank you to all who have served , I have a husband and son who have served in the military. I am very proud of them and all the others.

  327. Renee Stuck says:

    I come from a long line of military in my family. One of my Uncle was a POW for over 3 years! My fiance is former special forces and my son is currently in the Army. I appreciate each and every person that is in the military. I am a member of the Patriot Guard Riders and have done many missions both for our fallen heroes and for homecomings and also deployments.

  328. Karen Baumgartner says:

    Wow, what a wonderful way to remember all the important people who help to keep us safe. I want to say a special THANK YOU to Stephen Estrada (Commander US Navy SeaBees), Scoutmaster, and personal friend for all the time and commitment he has dedicated over the past 30 years to ensuring our great nation’s security, rights, and freedom.

  329. Lori Kaube says:

    A Great Big Thank you to all the service men and women who have done so much to serve and protect and keep us safe! Bless each and everyone of you!

  330. Sharon Charlson says:

    I have not been in the military, but my husband Brad served in Vietnam.

    Our young go to war so that the rest of us can stay home where it is safe. Enough cannot be said for their sacrifices on our behalf.

    If you see a man or woman in uniform, please go up to them, shake there hand and tell them how much you appreciate their sacrifices on our behalf! Hepefully they will all come home soon!

    We cherish you all!!! Thank you so much for your bravery and steadfastness!

    Sharon

  331. Debra Peloso says:

    My family and a friend of ours came to the breakfast cafe where I work today and while they were eating took notice of two older veterans at a nearby table, whose check they proceeded to pick up and who they thanked personally for there service. What a great lesson for my kids on the respect and admiration they should show these men and women who have preserved our way of life at such a great cost to themselves. If any of you have the chance today or on any other day, I challenge you to pay it forward to these very special Americans who deserve so much more and ask for so little. God bless!

  332. Janet Trapp says:

    Thank you to all who have served our country and its people to help us keep our freedom. We must remember to educate as well so that we will remain free by the right choices we make for our country and the people living here. Our family prayers daily for our country and all that are seeing in the military. Thank you so much to all those living and those who have gone to be with God!

  333. Jean Marmo says:

    I want to add my thanks to all the men and women who are serving! I can only imagine your sacrifice! I also want to thank you families at home!

  334. michelle says:

    Thanks to those who serve have served. And thinking of those who family did not get to see there loved ones come home. My dad was in Veitnam before he meet my mom. He has a hard time looking at old photos of his days back then. My brother was in the gulf war and I have so many letters he wrote the day he come home I will never forget. I wrote about it on my blog today. DH grand father was in WWII he passed away just a few years ago. It was neat seeing how Dh would just light up hearing him talk about the misson he had made during his time. He is miseed.

  335. Deb.E. says:

    In appreciation to ALL members of the military, and their families. A HUGE THANK YOU!

  336. Jeanne says:

    Both my husband and I served in the Navy as well as my brother during Vietnam era. We are very proud to have served our country and to we know what it meant to be of service.

    Thanks to everyone who has served our great country then and now!

  337. Connie Gage says:

    My father served in world war 2 and so proud of him and my Uncle was in Korean War, so proud of them and a huge thank you for all servicemen and women in the future and who are now in service.

  338. Rhonda Van Damme says:

    My Grandpa was in the Army during the ’20s, right after WWI, my Dad was in the Korean war in a submarine and my husband was in the Air Force during the Viet Nam war. I am so proud of all of them! It takes a lot of courage to join the military, especially when you’re only 18 years old, as all of them were. I always make it a point to walk up to military men and women to tell them thank you for all they do for this country. They always thank me and look touched that I said something to them. They deserve much, much more!

  339. Nancy Osborn says:

    I thank God for all the men & women serving and those that served and sacrificed so that I may have the freedoms we so often take for granted everyday. Thank you for your service and sacrifices and may God bless you and keep you safe.

  340. Cin says:

    I’m proud of my husband who recently retired after serving in our US Navy submarine fleet for 20 years! I’m also proud of my dad who served many tours in Korea and Viet Nam. I’m proud to be a Navy Vet wife and daughter! Thank you to all the Vets serving on our behalf!

  341. Cin says:

    I’m proud of my husband who recently retired after serving in our US Navy submarine fleet for 20 years! I’m also proud of my dad who served many tours in Korea and Viet Nam. I’m proud to be a Navy Vet wife and daughter! Thank you to all the Vets past and present who served on our behalf!

  342. Rose says:

    Thanks to all the men and women who have served and are now serving to keep our country and other countries free. I especially want to say thanks to those who have been injured in the line of duty.

  343. Annette says:

    My husband served in Vietnam, enlisting right out of high school. He broke up with me before leaving so as not to leave me alone should he not return. We still kept in touch and he always said I love you in his letters. We have been married for 40 years and he has suffered cancer due to being subjected to Agent Orange. He is now disabled but he is still and always will be My Hero! I appreciate ALL military for their sacrifices to keep us free. Thanks for the opportunity to say this.

  344. Corinne says:

    I come from a family of servicemen.. My brother who is 10 months older then my twin sister and myself is still in Afghanistan right now, I have two nephews in the service right now. For their service and my other family members service and each and every other man or woman that has served our country and their families that have made untold sacrifice at home without there loved one THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart..

  345. Karla says:

    I come from a very long line of military personnel. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII, my oldest brother was in the Navy, as well as his wife, my brother-in-law was in the Navy, I have a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins that have been in military service to their country. My now deceased father-in-law was in the military. So, I definitely know what it’s like to have family members in the service. I grew up an Air Force “brat” …. from the time I was born until I was 18 years old. The military time holds a special place in my heart because I met some of the most awesome people during those 18 years of traveling — and I am still friends with a lot of them. I spent grades 8 through 12 in England and graduated at Lakenheath American High School ….. a joy and a privilege. I thank each and every one who is serving or ever has served …. and especially to those who lost their lives to keep America free! God Bless Them from the bottom of my heart!

  346. amy k says:

    Hi, My Father passed away recently, he was active during the Korean War, he served in the Army. Anyways, My husband (who took the day off of work) and my son and myself, Drove 3 hrs away to Batlle Creek Cemetary(in Mi.) for the Memorial today. Even though I also have an older brother and a brother-in-law there, we have never attended before the memorial. I HIGHLY recommend going!!! It was one of the best 1 1/2 hrs I’ve ever spent. So moving and we are so grateful that we live in this Country!!!!!!! I am going to make a cricut sign for my car window thanking all who serve, served, or died trying to serve out Country. What a huge and terrific sacrifice, I just wanted to let you know. Thanks and Happy Veteran’s Day to all. Amy

  347. Paulette Jackson says:

    My husband served in Vietnam, his father in WW II & now I have several nephews that are serving. Thank you to all for your service. We are free in America because of many people who chose to serve our country.

  348. Christeen Baker says:

    Today is Remembrance Day here in Australia and this week is more poignant as we as a country have brought home three of our diggers who were killed in Afghanistan when they were ambushed by an Afghani soldier they were helping to train. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them. Lest we forget and thank you to all who continue to serve our countries and bring freedom and peace to the world.

  349. Julie Mentzer says:

    My Grandfather and 2 of my Great-Uncles all served in the military. I’m so proud of their service to keep our country free with all of the things that we have. I’m thankful that my cousins still serve.

  350. Karen Loke says:

    I salute all those that are currently serving or have served in the armed forces, keeping us safe and comfortable at home. My father served in the US Navy as did several of his uncles and my brother-in-law; my uncle served in the US Army, and another brother-in-law in the US Marines. I have great respect for these men for their selfless service.

  351. Lisa S. says:

    We are a military family. My husband has served in the USAF for going on 20 years next month. My Dad was in the Army National Guard and one of my brothers, my FIL just retired from the Reserves after 42 years, my uncle was in the Navy, and my Grandfather was a Marine in the Korean War and only found out after his passing that he was a photographer and hiding in the fields when he was barely overlooked by about 100′ ft. He thought his unit left him, but they came back to find him the next day! We are surrounded by friends who are military and when you live so far from family so often, the military becomes your family. It’s a life we chose, and it has made me appreciate so much what our veterans have gone through. I am so thankful for freedoms we have because of all the brave men & women who have gone on before us, for those that have served, and for those still serving. God Bless!

  352. Helen Moore says:

    I have relatives throughout my lineage as far back as the Revolutionary War who fought to preserve the freedom and safety we all hold so dear. My husband and I are “children” of the 1960’s, so can remember when our veterans arriving home received less than welcoming return. How sad for all of then, but HOORAY for now when we embrace our all veterans and give them all the honor they deserve. We live in a great country!

  353. Theresa D says:

    We are all so blessed to be protected by the men and women that serve our country. As with many, I have had many family members who have served. Both my father and father-in-law served, as did their fathers. Currently my husband is getting to retire after 30 years in the Air National Gaurd. Hard to believe we’ve been married almost as many years. Now my future son-in-law is currently away at training school. He then will be deploying I believe the first of the year to Guam. I pray each night that our military families are kept safe near and abroad. I can’t thank them enough for their and their famiies commitment. Happy Veteran’s Day. May our service members always be remembered and supported. Thank you Megan for this opportunity to show our support. The crowd at the parade was very minimum and kind of sad.

  354. Jennifer Carr says:

    Thank you to everyone past and present who have made our freedom possible. You give up so much in your lives for us. Thanks Megan for the great giveaway!

  355. facsmom says:

    Please do not include my name in the giveaway. I hope someone w/ a military purpose will be the winner. My dad enlisted in WWII. He didn’t go overseas but I still hear stories of sacrifice and my oldest sister had trouble connecting the picture of her daddy with the man who came home. My mom and aunt worked in factories and shared the care of that sister. My uncle served in both WWI and WWII. His lungs were damaged as a result of mustard gas. I know several people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of serving our country in Vietnam. May each of us stand when the flag is displayed as a way of honoring its meaning and honoring those who have sacrificed, even the ultimate sacrifice, for our freedom. Veterans, your gift to us is priceless!

  356. facsmom says:

    Megan-thank you for this forum to share experiences about our loved ones as they have served our country. I really am enjoying reading all of the posts, a sort of personal and quiet celebration of this special day.

  357. Phyllis Freese says:

    Thank you to all men and women who have served or are currently serving one of the branches of our military. Your service means a lot to those of us at home who are praying for you and your families while sacrificing your time for us. My daughter’s boyfriend is an Air Force pilot who deploys twice each year for several months. My wish is for you to be safe and well while you are away from those you love.

  358. Jody says:

    My father, who recently passed away, served in World War II. We attended a Veterans ceremony today at a Hospice center in our town and it was a very proud moment for me to actually here his name called and recognized for his service for our country.

    I would like to thank all of the service men and women that serve or have served. Bless them all!

  359. Linda Popejoy says:

    I am very proud of my husband who has retired from the military after 23 years. He was a contractor in Iraq in support of our troups and he is now working at Fort Leonardwood as a supply tech for Military Police boot camp. Thank you honey for your dedication to our country for over 30 years.

  360. charleeta says:

    My father was in WWII. He fought durng the whole campaign. He would never talk about the war. He did teach me how to handle a play rifle like they did during parade and inspection (even though I am a girl)
    He made six shot glasses out of shell casings on the ship back. He passed in 2005 but I have those glasses (even though we never had them dipped to use) and a lot of great memories.

  361. Linda Popejoy says:

    I would like to thank all our men and women who have and are serving in the military to protect our country.
    I also would like to thank all the spouses and family members who support those who are and have served in the military. You all don’t get the recognition that you all deserve.

    HAPPY VETERAN”S DAY!!!!!

  362. Jennifer says:

    I retired after 21 years of active duty in the U.S.Navy. I will never forget those I served with and those who served before and after me. I met my husband while he and I were both stationed at the Naval Submarine Base, New London, CT. So I REALLY appreciate that! My Father also served during WWII. There are Veterans every where in your life. Take the time to find out who they are and really THANK THEM for their service.

  363. Shelly Baker says:

    My dad served in the Army for over 21 years. He served in the Korean War and WWII. He was a paratrooper with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Company out of Ft. Bragg NC. He made 684 jumps. He is now in Heaven with Jesus and I miss him terribly but I appreciate him and all our military for their sacrifice for our freedom.

  364. Kim says:

    My daddy, German born, served during WWII on the American side. He spoke very little of his days serving our country and it was not til his passing we learned why. Daddy had a small chest tucked next to his bed that we children were always told to stay out of. Sure, we were curious, but we respected Daddy’s request. After his passing, I was nominated by my big brothers to open his secret chest. Little did we know we would find his pictures from WWII. These pictures told us many stories of who Daddy was, but it also told us what he could not share…Daddy served in the Army division that was first sent in to liberate Dachau, a horrific concentration camp. These pictures and mementos he kept couldn’t be shared verbally by him, but his pictures revealed his broken heart. He lost his dearest friend during this campaign and that was a pain he could not verbalize to his children. I always said that one day I would scrapbook Daddy’s war items, not knowing there are beautiful scrapbooks designed for that purpose. I will certainly be ordering one soon… thank-you!!

  365. Nancy McMahon says:

    My Dad served in WWII and I am grateful to him, and those who served with him and after him, to protect us and our country. THANK YOU, Veterans! Without you who knows who we would be…

  366. Anne Beck says:

    I am the daughter of a US Army WWII veteran (France & Belgium), the wife of US AF veteran (military police), the mother of an US Army Veteran (101st Airborne Screaming Eagles and the grandmother of a current US Army soldier who served 2 tours in Iraq, and came home with severe issues for the rest of his life. I am extremely proud of each of these men in my life and what they have given. Freedom is not free. Thank you to all who serve in whatever capacity.

  367. Diane says:

    Thanks to all the veterans and their families for all their sacrifices. My dad was in the Army and served in Korea.

  368. Gail Peters says:

    This morning twelve local veterans were invited to the Elementary School that I work at for a special ceremony in their honor (grandpa’s, uncle’s, and father’s of the students). To hear the kids play their recorders while we all sang the Star Spangled Banner with the veterans was a moment I’ll never forget. To see the pride in the veterans faces as they stated their names, the year(s) that they had served and where they had been stationed was quite the moment. Watching the veterans fold the school flag while they told the students what each fold represented was a highlight. It was so special to be in a school with the students and the veterans on this patriotic day. God Bless each and everyone of our service men in women that have served or are currently serving our country today. Thank You from the bottom of our Hearts!

  369. Tina Michael-Dahlmann says:

    Thank you to all past and present veterans. A special thank you to my father who served in the Korean War.

    Tina

  370. ANDREA P THOMAS says:

    I am retired Navy corpsman who after 20yrs of service is very proud to be an American. Military life has really made a difference in my life and I appreciate the opportunity to serve my country. I am thankful for all the many prayers that were said for the military during my time and I now pray for those who have come after me. Thank you for this opportunity to say “Thank you!” to our troops.

  371. Donna Stanco says:

    A great big Thank You goes out to all of our service men and women. You are in our prayers. We appreciate all you do to keep our country safe.

  372. Linda Van Lanen says:

    Thanks for keeping us safe!!!!

  373. Janet Cooney says:

    We have many family members that have served in the forces and I cherish everything they have done to make our country a free country, Thank You for being part of our freedom fighters!! XO
    Janet Cooney
    Hugs From Home!!!

  374. Kathy Walton says:

    I served 3 years in the Navy in the early 70’s in Rhode Island where I met my husband. He was from Colorado and I was from New Jersey. He served 4 years in the Navy ending his tour of duty in Florida. We will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary next Feb. 26th. Go Navy!!

  375. Debbie Z says:

    What a wonderful tribute to our military members and veterans. My husband is a disabled vet having served both in the Army and Air Force. His family seems to have had someone in the military from every generation for many years and my family had a few also. To those that have gone before them, those that are still here and those in the future military, many thanks to all of those wonderful souls.

  376. Dorothy Breitenstein says:

    My husband served in the Navy during the Vietnam war. I am very proud of him and all who have served and protect our country’s freedom. We have various friends and relatives who served in different branches of the service and a special thanks to all of them. Happy Veterans Day to all!

  377. Penny says:

    Thanks to all the past present adn future members of all the military branches. And there families for supporting them, now and in the future. With out you we would not have what have to today. The freedom, to do, say and live any way we choose.

    Your dedication is appreciated. And we are honored for your for your support.

  378. Having served in the Navy and Naval Reserves, as did my husband, and having a father and many friends in the military (past and present), I’d like to thank EVERY vet for their service! God bless you all and may He protect you as you protect us.

  379. Ruth says:

    Sean thank you for your service to our country!! You volunteered and gave our country four years of your life to protect our country!! Thank you so much. My son just finished his 4 year contract with the Marine Corps. It was a very tough four years both for him and for our family. Ooh- Rah…He served both in Iraq and Afghanistan and he lost a comrade in Afghanistan in an IED attach….which was very tough on him. We are so proud of him and of the 1/3 Lava Dogs and all of our military men and women who sacrifice and give of their lives daily. Many prayers were said and are said for our military.

  380. Melissa Brown says:

    I am truly thankful for the sacrifices our armed forces personnel, past and present, do to protect our freedom. I couldn’t imagine making those same sacrifices so I am thankful they do what I cannot. My granfather was a bombardier in WWII and I am honored to say he received the Distinguished Flying Cross award which was rarely given to those who weren’t pilots. He lost his brother in WWII and his brother received the Purple Heart award. My grandfather’s name will forever be inscribed in the Wall of Honor at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in DC and I was blessed to be able to see it and touch it this summer.

  381. Cherri Picard says:

    My husband just retired after 20 years in the Navy so we are happy to have him home for the first time in a long time on Veterans Day! Thanks to all who served!

  382. RINA UYS says:

    I don’t think that any of us will realize the sacrifices these people made and what it costs their families.
    All 3 of my children were involved in the Military, air force & correctional services in South Africa. Thanks for
    serving our country, it was not easy on all of us

    Hooray for those persons who took part in the war

  383. Ann Suchocki says:

    I come from a family where many have proudly served during both peacetime and wartime. I served in the Army and continue to have pride as a Veteran. I volunteer at the local Veterans Hospital, and continue to thank others for their service. Thank You to all Veterans, Military Active, and All Who Protect Our Freedom

  384. Marcia K says:

    So glad to have another chance to thank all the service men and women that sacrifice so much for all of us. And a special thanks MY special heroes – My Nephew Jeremy in the AIr Force, nephew Robert currently serving in Afganistan, nephew Andrew in the Army National Guard, brother Robert – Army Captain – served in Vietnam, Father Navy WWII and Grandfather- US Navy ,One Uncle served in Battle of the Bulge, Another Uncle- U.S Marine- WWII South Pacfic .

  385. Lauren says:

    I’m very grateful for all those that serve. One of my brother’s best friends is overseas now, and two of his men recently died. It’s just really nerve-wracking to hear when you’re back home. My brother is home right now but he could go overseas at any point…and he has a little girl and a wife at home, which makes it worse. what an amazing giveaway. thank you.

  386. Thanks you so much for your touching tribute to veterans! My father served for 21 years in the Army and I joined him for three of them. Yes, we actually served together in Germany! Talk about making your father proud! Those were very special times for both of us and years I will forever cherish.

    Dad still shows his military pride by always wearing his Vietnam Veteran baseball cap while tooting around in his motorized wheelchair with a huge American flag mounted on the back flying high. Thanks to all who have made our freedom possible!

  387. Valerie says:

    Thanks to all who have served our great country, especially my mother, my father, and my brother.

  388. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful outpouring of gratitutude from many generations. My husband volunteered and served near Viet Nam. When he came home from there, he was dis-respected by the anti-war protestors. He was unable to talk about his service because of the disdain and hatred he received. It is such a welcome change that the country has changed and is showing respect to the veterans.

  389. MARY WHITE says:

    I want to personally thank my grandson who is Navy and has served two at seas in the Middle East. i love him so much and am so very proud of him and his little family. WE were blessed to have his family with us today. It meant so much just to be a part of the day with him. Thank you Johnathan – we love you!! Gram

  390. Name (Required) says:

    I have many, many relatives who have served in the military. My great uncles in WWI as well as 7 uncles who served in WWII. My nephew who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, my cousins who have been there no less than 3 times and my son-in-law in the Navy as well as my step son who just returned from Afghanistan. My brother served in Viet Nam and my other brother in Korea. So many lives have given and they have all given of themselves. Another nephew is currently in Kuwait and his mother just returned from Iraq. Without all of them, where would we be. Thank you all for you have given.

  391. Audrey says:

    I am so proud and thanful for our Armed Forces. My husband was a Marine and served in the Korean war. He was just 17 when he was in Korea serving. I am also the proud mom of a daughter who is currently in the Air Force and has made the Military her career. Thank you to all our wonderful men and women who serve with honor to our country to fight and defend our freedome. I couldn’t be more grateful and humbled by their service to all of us. America, the home of the free and the brave. God Bless!

  392. I am 73 year old and I remember growing up how patriotic my parents always were. I had an uncle in World War 2, and I thought he was most heroic and handsome. I remember at one point, being ten years old and riding on the passenger train going to Kansas City which was filled mostly with young men in uniform. One gave his seat to my mother and I sat on the knee of another, as they were packed in.
    My husband was, and always will be, a Marine. I’m so tremendously proud of him. I am so thankful for all the dear souls, who paid the ultimate price and those who came home with limbs missing and those who can’t shake the memories of the things they heard and saw.
    May God bless them and their families, who also give. And…God Bless America!

  393. Jamie says:

    I want to honor my grandfather for his service in the Army!!! It was years before I was born but I have his old photos that I would love to scrap with these albums!!! Thank you all veterans for everything!!!

  394. Karen J says:

    Many many thanks to ALL of our veterans!
    Including my big brothers Steve, John and Dennis(VN).
    Steve passed away from cancer (caused by his exposure to agent orange) May 11, 2005.
    I miss you big brother!
    My husband of 40 years(VN). My dad(WW2). My uncles Cliff(Korea), Jim, Jack, Clarence, Bill (WW2)
    Cousins Ken, & Jim(VN) John (Post VN)
    Fahter-in-law Ellsworth (WW2)(Last division of the mounted Calvary soldiers.)
    My brothers’ best friend growing up, Dave Krueger, who lost his life in VietNam.
    I’m proud of all of you.
    And to all the wives & children who endured through the absence and loss of their loved ones.
    And all of the family members who lost sleep at night worrying.

    Thank god for all of you men and women who served so we can enjoy our freedom.

    Thank you, Thank you , Thank you!!!

    Because of you I can still stand, with hand over heart, during the national anthem when that flag is honored, with a tear in my eye, feel sooooo proud.

  395. Shelly says:

    Thank you for all the women and men that protected us all here on the “homefront”!!! Now and forever more! I was in my mid 30’s when I really started thinking and appreciating our military personnel! Late bloomer I know about it but as they I better late than never. And today I experienced a new thing in my adult life. I went to a Veterans Day Parade (by myself) to meet a Army ROTC instrustor that I have been met on a Crhistian dating service site this past Sat. I knew what he looked like and he didn’t know what I looked like. He was in his union and looked so proud to be a military man. I was proud to see him with the 75 plus cadets they way he was in charge of and how handled everything so professional. I chatted him shortly before the parade and a few words after the parade. He was so professional and texted me later and thanked me going to the parade to see the celebration. My heart swelled with pride of all the cadets I saw, all the miliary personnel that are retired or active military today to be an American! We all are so blessed here at our beloved homefront! God Bless America and especially the miltary personnel Thank Meg for your words too!

  396. D'Aun Pence says:

    First of all I’d like to thank all of our past, present and future service members. But a special thanks goes to my son, Tyson Pence for his 2 tours in Iraq. He was injured and has received a Purple Heart. That was the worst phone call I have ever got and i hope that nobody ever has to go through that! We must never forget we still have people in harms way.

  397. Betty Williams says:

    The school, where I teach, has a fabulous tradition of celebrating Veteran’s Day with a major ceremony at the beginning of the school day. We, the entire student body and staff, gather in the front of our campus by the flagpole to honor our veterans. We have MANY activities and traditions at our school, but this is my absolute favorite each year. Many veterans attend this ceremony and are honored. This year both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts presented a wreath to our wonderful Old Glory as it was raised on the flagpole. The mayor, our school board, and our school superintendent are also present each year. Last year the local newspaper FINALLY started coming and wrote an article and put a picture in the paper. The veterans, of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam speak to each of our history classes, sharing their experiences with our young students, giving them some insight of the sacrifices many have given to protect the freedom many of us take for granted. We then honor them further with a luncheon. As I said earlier, this is my very favorite activity of our school year. It is a small way that we honor and show our appreciation to those that have served to keep America what it is. THANK YOU to all that have served. You truly should be honored each and every day, not just one day a year. GOD BLESS each of you.

  398. Debra Glenzer says:

    11-11-11 a special date in itself especially to remember ALL our VETERANS who have served and defended US — USA !!! No matter if you like or dislike the ” state of the union” — these men and women are defending your ” rights and beliefs ” that have been established by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. JUST SAY THANK YOU for their sacrifices

    I am the secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Veterans Foreign War Post 4273 in Sandy OR. I would love to win this to keep our mementos in. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  399. My son in law Shawn is in the Coast Guard. He is an outstanding individual, a wonderful husband to my daughter Ashley, and a fantastic father to my grandson Peyton. I would like to thank him and all the men and women who serve us daily to help keep our country safe and free. God bless them all.

  400. Ruby says:

    I am an AF veteran and my brother is an Army vet. (No competition here….lol) Thankful we both survived our duty and for all of our veterans and active duty members!

  401. Jennifer Litton says:

    I would like to thank all our brave soldiers for all they give so that we may have the freedoms we share. All you do to insure our safety is greatly appreciated from the bottom of my heart. I honor you on Veterans Day and every day of every year. I would also like to thank all the families and friends of soldiers who sacrifice so much so that the soldiers may do all they do.
    Again I honor and thank all of you every day,
    Jennifer Litton
    Proud Citizen of the United States of America

  402. Vickie says:

    Megan
    This is awesome. As a daughter of a retired serviceman the wife for a veteran serviceman and the mom of a currently serving AF serviceman I can not tell you how much this warms my heart. THANKS to all the men and women of the USA services both past and present for all you do and have done. God Bless you all!!!

  403. Caprice says:

    The military has come to mean a lot in our family! My husband has been serving for 14 yrs, we’ve been married for 12 of those 14. We have four children whom were all born in military hospitals from Maryland to Texas. His father is retired army and his uncle a marine. Military spouses and children serve along side of their service member. It has been a great 12 yrs..but don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our share of issues along the way and we’ve met some of the best friends out there! Thank you to all of those who have served, continue to serve and those who will serve in the future! I am so proud of my airman, I love you!

  404. debbie phillips says:

    My husband served in Vietnam. We also have a son who gave his life in Iraq three years ago this September. We are so thankful to all the men and women who serve our country each and everyday. We are so blessed! A big thank you to all who are persevering and continuing to serve! God Bless America!

  405. Kathy Parrish says:

    My Uncle Stuart enlisted after Pearl Harbor with all of his friends. At boot camp, after some sort of testing, my uncle was reassigned to a different outfit and sent to school. He served most of his time in Hawaii and the Phillipines before returning home. His friends didn’t come back so, after living here a year he moved away saying he couldn’t stand to see the faces of the parents of his friends.
    Fast forward to 1999. I am cleaning out my mother’s household items after her passing. There, in an old picnic container (you know, the plaid ones iwth the zippers?) were all of Uncle Stuart’s letters to my grandmother. In another container I found all of his letters to my mother, who was a new bride with 12-year-old stepsons. Since then I have found a box with “family photos” written on the outside. Besides the other family treasures were all of the photos Stuart sent home. When I asked his son if he wanted them he said he wasn’t interested. One of the things I am doing is to turn the letters and photos into a scrapbook for his children. Although he never talked about his service to our country (I asked him once, he said it was sealed), it was a pivotal point in his life. Because he wanted to leave home, he moved south where he met his wife and had his children. It’s a life worth acknowledging. I am also doing some sleuthing through military records to see if I can figure out some of the things he worked on to give the book some more perspective. It’s a huge task but I’m a history buff (aren’t we all to a point?) and I look forward to the challenge. The other reason is to honor my mother who loved her younger brother so much. I realized, reading the letters, how much they meant to each other. I called him to tell of my mother’s passing in June 1999 having no idea he would join her in December.

  406. ReneeHarris says:

    I am very thankful to the veterans who served proudly to keep us safe. I can go about my day to day activities because I am safe and that means life to me. Thank you all again.

  407. Shelena says:

    Thankful for all those that have served or are serving. My grandfather, who recently passes away, served and he was honored at his funeral and it just reminded me how thankful I am for those who have put their life on the line for our freedom. My husband and I currently have multiple friends who are serving as well.

  408. Carol Coleman says:

    Thank You for honoring all of our nations military members and the sacrifices they and their families make each day.
    Here is a shout out to my niece’s husband who is in the Army and they just moved to Fort Lewis from Schofield Barracks.

    I was a navigator is the USAF for 20 years. The lifestyle is like no other. My father was also a navigator during WWII and Korea so I am a 2nd generation Navigator. I was ‘fortunate’ to be the first female to fly on the Cobra Ball aircraft when it was stationed in Alaska. My final flight assignment was supporting the dignitaries out of Hickam AFB. The highlight of that assignment was to plan and fly/navigate a mission that literally circled the world.

    Aloha
    Carol

  409. Kim T says:

    I am so very thankful for all who serve in our forces. Being a mother of a son who has just returned from Afghanistan and another who is just waiting to enlist into the army I know a little of what they face each and everyday, my heart goes with them and we hang onto every word we receive from them.
    For all of our service men and women you are my hero’s.
    Kim xXx

  410. Gail Grady says:

    A huge thanks to ALL of our Vets! My father was a B-17 pilot in WWII and flew 35 missions over Nazi Germany in late 1944 and early 1945. Thanks Dad!

  411. Dawn B. says:

    I would like to thank all our service people and thier familys for all thier sacrifices. My father passed away just 2 months ago and we gave him a miliitary service at the Vetrans Cemetary and he is now buried among other service men and women. He joined the Merchant Marines at the young age of 16 and then later went into the Navy. My husband also served our country in the Air Force. We are so proud of both of them.

  412. Alice Parcel says:

    Just my thanks to my husband, retired from the Navy(Seabee), and the many other service men and women that we know. They gave so much of themselves to a job that was often difficult, dangerous, dirty and dull. Yet they did what was asked and their families stood by them. Both my father and father-in-law were in the service in WWII, several Uncles, a brother and cousins who served as well. There are many reasons why people enlist, and just as many why they reenlist …. it’s not an easy job for them or their families. Still they do their best and serve with honor and so I want to say thanks to all the others and their families – they have given us all so much. I don’t know how you can return the thanks. Yet the Thanks is there ….. Thank You!

  413. This is so funny you bring this up. My dad is a veteran. He made a career out of the Air Force. We traveled with him everywhere he went. So I grew up in the Air Force and we have been to places like Japan,Germany, and Holland as a family with my father. Yesterday Apple-bees was giving away free meals to veterans. I told my dad I was a veteran because I grew up in the military and went everywhere he went so therefore I should have gotten a free meal too. How funny that is. I thank all the men and women who have served in the military and are still serving for my freedom. I know my freedom is not free because many have died for my freedom. I don’t take it for granite and hope many others feel the same way I do. Happy Veteran’s day to all of you out there. Much love!!!!

  414. bev says:

    I cherish the sacrifices of the service members and their families…and also my family members…my husband retired from the Army, my sister retired from the Air Force, my father served in the Navy and my son is currently serving in the Coast Guard. I would like to add that I did order the Uniform Scrapbooks of America Coast Guard album….awesome!! ( I consider myself crafty and had already asked my son for one of his uniform shirts to duplicate the album. I sure am glad I did not use my time and probably several shirts to try to duplicate this! it is so much better than I could have done!) The album is very high quality and the attention to detail is impeccable! Well worth the price they charge. Way better than I expected! Pictures do not do it enough justice.

  415. Connie Bragg says:

    Each time I see someone in a Military Uniform I shake their hand and thank them. My dad was one of the origonal Tuskegee Airmen. His name was Captain Robert Glass. It is an honor to be his daughter and it has given me a great appreciation for Military personal and what they give up to secure our freedom.

  416. Kaye Lang says:

    A special shout out to my dad who passed away in 2008. He lied about his age to enlist on WWII and at 16 was immediately sent to the Pacific. He didn’t talk about the Navy a lot, except for the funny stories of the men taking the pins out of the refrigerator to get snacks…but I do know a kamikaze pilot attacked their ship and they he had a huge scar on his back from an injury during a typhoon. After he passed away, I found some service pictures of the Pacific Islands, local natives, and several of what are presumably Japanese prisoners of war being taken to the ship. Rest in peace, dad, and thank you from all of us.

  417. Kathy S says:

    Thank you so very much to all who have served and are currently serving in all branches of the United States military! You are all the greatest of Americans. A very happy belated birthday to all U.S. Marines! Marines hold a special place in my heart, as my dad serverd 27 years in the Corps, and my older brother served 6 yrs as a Marine. Thank you all and happy Veterans Day!

  418. Deann Murillo says:

    May we never forget those who have served our countries, in the past, present, & those who will serve in the future.
    My husband served 24 years with the US Navy.

  419. Trish says:

    I am proud to say I come from a long line of Vets and am proud of them all. I am thankful for the freedom I have from the brave ones that fight for it.

  420. Shirley E. says:

    My neighbours 21 year step-son was killed when he was on tour in Iraq 2 years ago. It was a very sad situration, It was a land mine. He had a very honorable military funeral. The military showed a great amount of respect for that young man. He know the chance he was talking but yet he was proud to be fighting for his country. The family mourns his loss every day but show no anger for the service which he was serving. Now that’s patrioism! God bless all troups! The veterans don’t get enough respect in my opinion, so I was very glad to see you doing this “piece”. God bless you Megan!

  421. Pam Wood says:

    My husband is a disabled Vietnam Veteran. Even with all the complications from Agent Orange exposure, he is still so proud to have served our country…and I am so proud of him. He talks with fellow vets and school children encouraging them to support our military. I am honored to be his wife. I am honored to live in a country which is kept free by these brave men and women.

  422. Monico Eskridge says:

    Happy Veterans Day! Today my husband & I celebrated our 10th year wedding anniversary; he is a fellow Army veteran. We often talk about his training at Fort Bragg, he speaks of the friendships he developed while serving together during the Gulf War. His dad is a Vietnam vet, my grandfather served in WWII. Yesterday I held my grandfathers Army flag and thought about the sacrifices they each have made as African-Americans serving a country that did not always honor and respect them. I thank them for their service and I thank every veteran for their contribution and sacrifice. Welcome home troops!

  423. Terresa Wood says:

    My husband served 4 years in the Navy, his father in the Marines, one of his brothers in the Navy and the other in the Airforce, my best friend in the Airforce, and my neices is now serving in the Navy and got back a few months ago from the turmoiled areas. I am proud of each and everyone of them. They are my heroes, along with those serving now. Freedom is because of their dedication to us.

  424. Bea says:

    The camo colors are perfect to keep one hidden when one goes into the war front to kill people. No bright colors to give you away. But wouldn’t it be kind of awkward to carry while running away after you blow up the children and teenagers that happen to be walking home or going to get food at the time?

  425. Bea says:

    I do agree with Linda Walker above. Freedom costs a lot more than granite.

  426. Kathy Hunt says:

    Truely proud of our men and women who serve our country. My heart to yours!

  427. Karen says:

    I am proud to be a Navy wife. My husband is active duty Navy going on his 21st year. He loves his job and is happy to serve so others can be free. The military really is a big family, who jumps in when our ‘real’ families cannot. This time of year makes me proud to be an American. I am soo glad to see that people realize that freedom isn’t free but something we have been given by our men and women in the Armed Forces.

  428. Fran says:

    This Veterans Day is especially meaningful to me. My uncles, both WW II vets, have passed away; the last one just this late summer. They were those who fought for this country when this country didn’t fight for them, but it did not dissuade their belief in America. Thanks to them and others like them, I can be the person I am today.

  429. Krista says:

    Thank you for this opportunity. My younger brother and sister have both served. My brother was career with10 years in the Marines and another 10 in the Army so he could be a Blackhawk pilot. He retired about 3 years ago. My sister was in the Air Force for 6 years. We buried her yesterday. She and a new boyfriend died at the hands of a jealous ex-boyfriend. She was an avid crafter and very creative. She leaves behind 4 children. 2 girls, 20 & 19. 2 boys, 11 & 5. She was 43. God bless America and all our other veterans. Thank you.

  430. Patty Russell says:

    Honor and tradition comes is many different forms for us all. My Father inlisted in the Army at the age of 17. He spent 2 years with the Army before transfering to the Navy. The Navy ws his calling. He was blessed with the gift to become an electrician. This took him all over the world and he was offered a teaching position at age 20. being in a classroom was not his idea of a career. He wanted to see the world and live life to the fullest.He was succesful! He did 5 tours during the Vietnam Conflict and finally retired with full honors in 1975.Dad stayed active with the VFW and the Salvation Army doing many hours of volunteer work.

    My older Brothe Lonnie also did an emlistment with the Army right out of high school. Unfortunately he was injured and had to be discharged due to the injuries. My younger brother Brian continued the trandition of serving. He joined the Nave just out of high school. He was active during the first gulf war. He was injured during a mission near the Philapines. He was able to continue his service and retire at 20 years. I know from experience how important or service men and women are to our country. It is not just about warfare. It is about giving to the community through fund raising and toy drives to teaching our young people how to grow up and have respect for other people. Military is about honor and respect for all people, one nation under God.

    I would like to raise my paper glass up to every vet and say thank you very much!

    Patty Russell

  431. Jessie Conger says:

    I cannot tell you how blessed I have been to have served. I am a retired Chief from the US Navy (22 awesome years). My husband is a retired Chief (21 Years). My father retired after 28 years with the USMC, he was a Master Sergeant. Then, there is my two uncles..both Marines one retired after 30 years as a LTCOL, my other 4 years as a corporal. But, their pictures hung on my Grandmother’s wall and I use to ask her if I joined the Navy would you put my picture up there with them ( was about 8). The Military is near and dear to my family! Now I have a stepson in the National Guard, my oldest son is heading for the Navy next year and my youngest son is in the Civil Air Patrol training to be an officer one day (his dream). People thank us for our service and I thank them for allowing each of us to represent our Country and keep our freedoms. It’s a priviledge and an absolute honor!!! (As you can tell scrapbooking and the military are my passions, kinda started early!)

  432. I am so thankful for all the military serving our country. My father, served during WWII, my father-in-law served in WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War (30 years), my brother served during Vietnam, my hsband served our country for 26 and was in Desert Storm. AND my son-in-law who has served in Afghantistan 9 times and was awared the Distinguished Flying Cross.
    I live in the Washington DC area and regularly went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center (now closed) and now the new Naval/Walter Medical Center and there are SOOOOO many young men and women who have been wounded, many with missing limbs.
    God Bless those who have served our country.

  433. If it were not for our wonderful guys serving in the military voluntarily, we would not have the freedoms today that we have. Many have given their lives and sacrificed for US. It is sad to see those who do not realize what freedom truly is and experienced the loss of a loved one fighting for that freedom. God has blessed America and we have much more freedom than other countries of this world. War is a reality and men will always fight for what they believe. I am proud to be an American and I love each and everyone of those in the military that fight for MY FREEDOM. I can get up everyday and enjoy life because of what they do for America. God Bless Each and Everyone of them. My husband and son served in the military so this album would be so nice to have . thanks for the opportunity and keep up the great work you and Sean do.

  434. Penny J says:

    I married my dear husband one day and the next day he went into the Air Force. We grew up together (after we were married) as I only knew him 3 weeks before hand. I learned to respect this wonderful COUNTRY of ours, and the men and women who serve so diligently during those years. My hat is off to all of you who give your LIVES and time to protect, respect, and LOVE this country! Our Many THANKS!!!!

  435. Alison C says:

    My maternal grandfather died in the Second World War serving in the Canadian military. My Mom was not even a teenager. My husband’s family – father and sisters as well as my husband have all served in the American military. I thank all of those who have served in one form or another. We would not be where we are today without people who serve their country.

  436. Ginnye says:

    Thank you to all the soldiers who served and the ones that continue to serve and protect our country. You are the best. I have a nephew that just finishe Marine Boot camp and we are super proud of him.

  437. Debra Glenzer says:

    I would love to win this. My husband served 2 tours in Vietnam as well as 20 yrs Air Guard, my son is currently in ANG and heading to Afghanistan April 6th to do security. My father was Korean War. I have so many pictures of family in the service that I could use this for. I also volunteer 60+ hrs per month to the Ladies Auxiliary of Post 4273 in Sandy, OR. Thanks for the opportunity!

  438. Doreen Wolf says:

    I proudly served in the Air Force for 27 years – it is wonderful to be appreciated! Thank all of you for your support!

  439. Ty Miller says:

    “Freedom Is Not Free” and you that serve in the military or are members of a military family know that better than most. My one humble “Thank you” will never be enough to repay you for what you have given, but I say it with all my heart.

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