Thursday, November 11, 2010

11:11 on 11-11

Ninety two years ago, at 11:11 am, an armistice was signed to end World War I. I imagine that everyone on both sides of the conflict breathed a huge sigh of relief. It's finally over, they must have thought. One year later President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day to remind Americans of the tragedies of war.

My favorite Veteran

The tragedies of war.
I don't know, really, about the tragedies of war.
I've never served, never lost a loved one.

But, I know the cost is enormous.

My grandfather, great uncle, uncles, and my Dad
all served in wartime and peace.
All fought. All sacrificed.

And still, they protect me.
They don't share the stories of their personal hells.
They never have.

I can only imagine.
I don't know.
And, I realize, most of us don't really know.

We eat and sleep, earn and learn, laugh and cry -
all under the blanket of protection that our Veterans provide
What thanks we offer could never be enough.

But, today, thank a vet.
And thank God for them.

The image above is my Dad. I am so proud of him.


Christina said...

so beautiful.
yes, thank you. a thank you, to them all.

Joanna said...

We too give thanks today in the UK. So much sacrifice for our freedom.

What a lovely picture of your Dad.


ps thank you for dropping by my blog and your sweet comments. x

Rita said...

I can say, "Amen, amen!" I'm thankful for all those men who served and protect our freedom. Yeah for the military. There are no better men.

lakeviewer said...

It's the least we can do.

Suz said...

oh yes thank you
forever thank you

Gillian said...

this gets me misty eyed

i had a one minute silence at 11am

my thoughts with past, present and future soldiers today

it is because of them, we have the freedoms of speech that we blog each day


Jeanne said...

Love and hugs and kisses

Lest we Forget

Gayle said...

So beautifully said, Relyn.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Very thoughtful post...yes,they take the young, brave and best...

Jaime said...

Relyn, this was so perfectly expressed.
Most of us have no idea. We are so blissfully ignorant, aren't we? All I know, is that war is a horrible horrible thing, and it deeply saddens me that we haven't learned from the past. The human race is slow to figure things out.
We give thanks in Canada today too. I will think about my grandfather who told me a few amazing wartime stories of his own. I miss him terribly, and wish he was here with me now to tell me those same stories just one more time.

ELK said...

lovely tribute to those strong men in your life..i have them as well..such a gift..relish the photo

Sharon Creech said...

Beautiful photo. Do you know what all the badges/stripes/medals signify?

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Beautiful! I love your thoughtful posts Reyln! My dad served in the military and I really relate!

xo Mary Jo

Derrick said...

A lovely tribute, Relyn. I for one am glad that I don't know.

Tracy said...

Very nice, Relyn. Thanks to all the vets!

HKatz said...

Great photo of your father.

And yes, thanks and praise to all the veterans who give so much of themselves for our country.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful way to celebrate the day.

susanna said...

Beautifully written, Relyn. Yes, thank a vet - every day!

Georgianna said...

Such a beautiful and heartfelt tribute, Relyn and wonderful photo of your Dad. We did indeed mark the day and acknowledge the sacrifice, honor and the peace made possible by those who have served. My Dad was a highly decorated officer in the Pacific in WWII and those years defined much of his character throughout his life. He told us many stories but as you say, perhaps kept the most painful to himselfl. We are very proud of him, too. Thank you for this remembrance. xo

Mountain Thyme said...

George Albert - my father - United States Navy, World War I

Wesley - my uncle - United States Army - World War II

And after those two wars to end all wars....

Douglas - my brother - United States Army - Vietnam

Rhett - my nephew - United States Navy, United States Army - Iraq (3 tours)

Shane - my nephew - United States Navy - Iraq - presently serving 2nd tour in Middle East

Is it enough yet?

meandering pearl said...


The Hausfrau said...


We visited Bastogne (site of Battle of the Bulge) on Veteran's Day. I learned so much.

Jeanie said...

Granted, I'm reading it a few days late -- but what a thoughtful and moving post. My dad served; I hope he knows how much that meant.

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