Veterans Day

Today is a special day in the United States where we honor our veterans.

It is our opportunity to thank and celebrate all those who have served our country in military service. Thank you for your service!

40 Responses to Veterans Day

  1. Denise Armstrong November 11, 2020 at 5:33 am #

    Dear Mr. Laube,
    I was so disappointed to not find here an essay in tribute to our veterans. I kept hoping I was simply not finding your hyperlink.
    Surely our war dead and honorable servicemen deserve more from a word-smith coaching word-smiths.
    Let’s offer tributes to veterans that cost us something in the giving, not use them to our own ends.
    Still hoping I missed an essay somewhere,
    Denise Armstrong

    • Steve Laube November 11, 2020 at 10:35 am #

      Denise,

      I ‘m not sure how your device has rendered today’s post. But as you can see above there is a brief but direct appreciation of our Veterans posted.

      If all you see is a hyperlink then your device has rendered the site incorrectly.

      Steve

      • Denise Armstrong November 11, 2020 at 10:45 am #

        Steve, Thanks for responding. If you are referring to the two sentences, I see our disconnect. I live in a military community and just believe they deserve a bit more.
        This is your blog and your right to honor them as you see fit. For this they put themselves in harm’s way and pay the ultimate price. Grace & Peace,
        Denise

      • Linda Burks November 14, 2021 at 3:53 am #

        Steve this is Linda Burks & I sent you my Manuscript called ”

        “POETRY OF ENCOURAGING WORDS For Victims of ABUSE”

        The Lady that put her money up for my Manuscript to become a Book, Bowed Out. The next morning God put on my heart to Ask people for their gmail & I would send them my Manuscript, so God’s Word He put on my heart to write will still get out to give others HOPE In this Dieing & Hurting World!!!

        As Long as What God Put On My Heart To Write gets out to a Dieing & Hurting World.

        Steve my x Totally Disabled me, he come out of The Vietnam War with Agent Orange & I have No Money to Publish My Manuscript, But God!!!

        The next morning God put on my heart to ask my friends for their gmail so I can send them my Manuscript!

        so God’s Word is getting out & All In Jesus Name

  2. Abby Martin November 11, 2020 at 6:06 am #

    Wonderful, Steve. I am so happy you posted about it today. 🙂

  3. Jeannie Delahunt November 11, 2020 at 6:19 am #

    I would strongly urge the readers to visit the nearest military/veteran’s cemetery.

    You can’t view all those white crosses without choking up. Or, at least, I can’t.

    Thank you, veterans – all branches of the armed forces for protecting and defending us, our Constitution – who we are as Americans!!! And blessings to your families as well!!!

    • Abby Martin November 11, 2020 at 6:46 am #

      Jeannie, so true! I love walking around stores and seeing men with their veterans caps on. I can’t help but say “thank you for your service”, it brings me so much joy! A few elders from my church are veterans. Hopefully, my pastor will honor them this Sunday. 🙂

  4. Loretta Eidson November 11, 2020 at 6:55 am #

    Thank you for honoring our Veterans!

  5. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 11, 2020 at 6:57 am #

    They did not have deferments,
    or parents in high places,
    yet death has still same permanence;
    do you recall their faces?
    They went at the draft board call,
    didn’t flee across the border,
    and now their names are on the Wall
    in fate’s calendar-order.
    How will you honour memory
    of men who were betrayed
    by a country turned from victory
    as the Great Game was yet played?
    The Wall offers this introspection;
    behind their names is your reflection.

    • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 11, 2020 at 6:58 am #

      Always see that last typo after hitting send…twelfth line, obviously, ‘Great Game’.

      • Name* November 11, 2020 at 7:53 am #

        Andrew, it was amazing anyways! 🙂

      • Rick Burke November 11, 2020 at 9:06 am #

        Andrew, well done! I was born before WWII, watched real-time black & white newsreels of Marines riding Mike boats into the Pacific Islands. Then came the next war in Korea. Upon graduating from high school, I volunteered for the Marines and went to Beirut and Taiwan under President Eisenhower, but saw no shooting war: God’s will for me. Four years after my hitch, as I finished college, Vietnam broke out. My brother’s friend Tommy joined the Marines and died there when a mine blew off his leg. The Cold War was stalemated with the Mutually Assured Destruction strategy, and we outlasted the Soviets, so they renounced world domination. And then religious zealots attacked us on 9/11/2001. You know the rest. But, our kids don’t learn this in most schools and colleges.

      • Steve Laube November 11, 2020 at 10:42 am #

        Andrew,

        As always you nailed it today. I did fix your typo so future readers can read it without any trouble.

        Steve

    • maryantholz@yahoo.com November 11, 2020 at 9:30 am #

      Thanks! Well said.

    • Patti Wade November 11, 2021 at 8:13 am #

      Brought tears to my eyes. Lost my dad to Vietnam years later, Agent Orange, passed at 55. Thank you for this tribute.

  6. Kay DiBianca November 11, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    My husband served two years in the Navy aboard a destroyer in the 60’s. I’m grateful that he never saw action in wartime.

    So many brave men and women have given their lives so that we could live in freedom. We should take care that their sacrifice was not in vain.

  7. Diane Robison November 11, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    Andrew …
    As a baby-boomer, I have faced that wall, seen the reflection in it, and prayed for the school mates I lost — for all the school mates lost across our land. And I prayed for the country that was influenced to turn away from our veterans during that time.
    The world is not fair, but ultimately, the Universe is just … several years later, the small boy that had stood next to me while I was putting my hand on that wall and bowing my head in prayer, became an officer in the Navy Seals shortly after 9/11. With overwhelming pride in his determination and personal accomplishments, our prayers surrounded him as he was deployed to the Middle East — twice. His country now honors him as he leads a life of value, raising his children in a land — made up of disparate, strong, conflicting, but free human beings — that will always be a shining beacon to the world.

  8. Steve Laube November 11, 2020 at 10:45 am #

    My Dad served in WWII in the Army. I wrote of his service a few years ago on this blog.

    At his memorial service we featured his dress uniform shirt with his various medals and ribbons placed on a mannequin. It was quite meaningful, and a great reminder of the service our veterans have provided to our country. And continue to provide, at great sacrifice.

    • Abby Martin November 11, 2020 at 1:36 pm #

      That sounds like a beautiful service, Steve. A sweet lady from our church that we loved dearly, named Kay was a nurse in the war and she died a couple years ago. At her funeral was the cannon fire, and also a couple army chaplains and soldiers marching in perfect order. It was a beautiful sight.
      My sister is also in the navy, stationed in California. She’s 25 and has been in since she was 18. My grandfather is also a Vietnam veteran. So the armed forces have a special place in my heart. Anyway, Blessings for you and your family! 🙂

  9. Jack Bannon November 11, 2020 at 10:56 am #

    On this veteran’s day I’d like to post in memoriam to a friend of mine who died in Iraq. He was a good soldier and a good guy. I hope this honors him properly.

    A dedicated, quiet man, brought down by hostile fire,
    In his tranquil, able way I found much to admire.
    For a time I soldiered with him, though not in that combat zone,
    A calm and thinking pilot who could always hold his own.
    An unassuming sedate soul, you never would have known,
    His scorching power from the sky on missions he had flown.
    Yet on that fateful April day they brought him to his end,
    I’m glad I got to know you Mike, well enough to call you friend.

  10. Pedro Garcia November 11, 2020 at 11:03 am #

    22 year Army veteran, working on my first fiction. Pray for me 🙂

    Thanks for the shout out to veterans!

  11. Kent Dickerson November 11, 2020 at 3:53 pm #

    Thank you, Steve, for the reminder for writers to remember our veterans today. Though I am not among their numbers, my wife is. And we have both served our military overseas now for 17 years. I have seen incredible sacrifices during that time and consider it a great honor to be of service to them. May the Lord bless all of our veterans and their families today and in the time to come.

  12. Henry Demond November 12, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

    Steve I really appreciate this. My father served in the European theater in World War II and in Vietnam. He retired as an Air Force colonel in 1972. So many other agencies have logs in their eyes over “social justice” and you chose to direct your cause célèbre toward our veterans who even to this day receive waning support. Your sentiment may have been brief but it speaks higher volumes than anything the big-name publishers offered on Nov. 11.

  13. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 11, 2021 at 3:34 am #

    As you walk on down the road
    you walk with silent hosts
    of the ones who bore the load,
    and are to us as ghosts
    whose hands will never guide a child,
    whose voices will be heard no more;
    they stood against a world gone wild,
    and God has closed the door,
    behind which He will dry their tears,
    and mend both limbs and hearts,
    and we must wait down through the years,
    and waiting, play our parts
    in effort, and whatever cost
    to validate what they have lost.

    • Roberta Sarver November 11, 2021 at 7:07 am #

      Andrew,

      May I use your poems from this post in my own blog today? I would, of course, cite you as the poet.

      Thanks,
      Roberta Sarver

    • Jan Rogers Wimberley November 14, 2021 at 7:24 pm #

      Thank you for this second poem…and the first.
      You must have just gotten warmed up and couldn’t quit thinking about it….I appreciate your words and obvious honor of the vets.

  14. Loretta Eidson November 11, 2021 at 5:06 am #

    Thank you to all veterans, and thank you, Steve, for honoring them.

  15. Craig Pynn November 11, 2021 at 6:31 am #

    I came within a hair’s breadth of being drafted in 1968 and enlisted in the Navy instead. Those four years as a junior officer in the Seabees transformed me from a slack know-it-all college graduate into a man. But all around me was opprobrium for anyone in the military and I had to hide the fact I was a veteran when I left the Navy in 1973.

    It’s great that veterans are now respected but the hurt inflicted on so many—especially those men who served in Vietnam—inflicted life-long damage. It was truly a national tragedy by an unthinking nation.

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