Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, I've included some info on the history of it (straight from an old World Book encyclopedia) and a tribute to some of the veterans I've known personally, who have served and fought, and one who has given his life for our freedom. Thank you to all who have served, or or serving now.My dad, Jay, who served in the navy during WWII. He just celebrated his 84th birthday last week. When he was born, he was given the name J.C., yes, only initials, which was common in the South at that time. When he went in the service, he had to come up with a name, and he chose Jay. It made it easy!
Not a great photo, I didn't have the original, only this newspaper article, but it's my cousin Marlin, who was one of the few killed in Grenada. Although his family moved to Arkansas before his death, he actually went to school right here in our town, and his name is on a memorial here.
My Uncle Vic, a humble man, and a Purple Heart recipient, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He came home to become a teacher of developmentally disabled kids, and after he retired, he went to Brazil as a teacher to missionary kids. He is now 85, living in Washington, and still an encouragement to me in my homeschooling endeavor.And last but not certainly not least, this is my nephew Jordan and his son Jay, named after my dad, along with me. Jordan is currently serving in the Marines, and just returned from Afghanistan this week.

Veterans Day: commemorates the courage and patriotism of all the men and women who have served in the United States armed services. It is celebrated on November 11. Other countries, such as Great Britain and France, celebrate November 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of fighting in World War I on Nov.11, 1918. Canada observes Remembrance Day on November 11.

Veterans Day celebrations in the U.S. include parades and speeches. Special services are held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to remind Americans of the tragedies of war. A law adopted in 1938 made the day a federal holiday. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all United States veterans.

Thank you for our freedom!


Beverly said...

Marcia, what a beautiful way to honor those in your family who have served in our armed forces.
Great history lesson on Veterens Day too. I did not remember all of that. No wonder you home school. You are a smart lady.

outdoor.mom said...

wow! what a heritage :-) I bet you are so proud of them! My respect and thank you to them for their service. Great Post!!

Shirley... said...

Beautiful post! We have so much to be thankful for....

Shelia said...

Morning, Marcia! What a lovely post honoring your family who have served in the armed forces. God bless them and the ones who serve today.
Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in to see me.
Shelia ;)

Linda* ~ TheKeepingroom said...

Many of my uncels and my son-in-law served our great country.

We all should be pround to have such brave men and women who are willing to risk everything for our freedom!

Lorilee said...

Hello Marcia,
Your post is a wonderful tribute to those who have served our country! They deserve our thanks each and every day.

LLJ said...

I agree with all the other ladies in their comments! I am very thankful for the men and women who have served our country and for their families too!

ForeverMe said...

Hi Marcia, Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi! I'm going to try to add you to my blogs that I follow also. I really enjoyed your blog on Veteran's Day! You have much to be proud of! I like the design also!

Christine said...

Marcia, so good to meet you in blogland! Thanks for visiting my blog.
You are indeed blessed with such a lovely family - what great kids you have!
Looking forward to visiting with you,
Best wishes

Libby said...

We owe so much to all of our Veterans. Thank you for sharing yours with us *s*

Linda Stubbs said...

Beautiful post. Just came bouncing in from somewhere. I have been treating myself to some new blogs. Enjoyed my stay. Precious children. We also homeschool. Love it.

Blessings, Linda
Prairie Flower

heather said...

Wonderful tribute to our veterans and what a great family of courage men you have that are so willing to sacrifice for all of us! Love your blog!!!

Blessings, Heather

Eva M. said...

LOVE this post! And btw, you are GORGEOUS, Marcia. Thank you for sharing; this was really, really cool. I love hearing about our nation's history & seeing the pictures you included.

bj said...

This is the sweetest post...thank you for introducing us to your family. How proud they make ALL of us!

Tracy said...

My husband's middle name is JC - just initials! I always thought he was the only one! :)

~ Judy ~ said...

May Marlin rest in the eternal joy and peace of God.
THANK YOU to your Uncle Vic (sounds like a GREAT man) and your nephew Jordan. We truly appreciate their service and sacrifice...we do not take our freedom for granted...and we know that we have men like those in your family to thank for it!
God bless you Marcia...a beautiful post!