I hope everyone enjoyed Veteran's Day.  I am in awe of the brave men and women who serve.  They are far braver than I could ever aspire to be!

On this Veteran's Day I thank the men and women who served in all branches of the U.S. Military.  You make it possible for the rest of us to enjoy our precious freedom and for America to maintain it's strength.

I am filled with gratitude to all those who serve, but my heart was with one special Veteran today -   my Dad.  My Dad was a WWII Marine.  He received the Purple Heart following the battle of Tarawa.  He was always Marine tough, but he adored his family and would have moved Heaven and earth for us. 

My Dad passed away years ago, just shy of his 95th birthday.  I remember how he always encouraged me to be independent, to live life on my own terms, and not be afraid to take chances. When I was young and single I wanted to buy my first house.  My Mom was aghast!  Not many single women bought houses 20+ years ago, they waited until they were married.  She argued with me, saying it was too much responsibility and risk and tried to discourage me from buying the house.  

My Dad, a man of few words, pulled me aside out of Mom's earshot and said "You buy that house, it's a good investment.  I know you can do it".  He was right, it was the smartest investment I ever made!  There are so many stories of strength and encouragement from my Dad that I'm remembering today.  My only regret is that we never got to take him to see the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.  He would have loved it.  If there's a WWII survivor in your life, consider sending them on one of the free Honor Flights to see the monument dedicated to their service.

Happy VETERAN'S DAY everyone!  To all who have served, you have my eternal gratitude!

We can't all be heroes.  Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by. - Will Rogers

I didn't realize Remembrance Day is celebrated in Canada on the same day as Veteran's Day.  I'm wishing a belated Happy Remembrance Day to our Canadian friends!


Two French Bulldogs said...

A special day. Happy Veterans Day
Lily & Edward

Unknown said...

Your Dad sounds like he was an amazing man. Thank you for sharing that story about him!

M. K. Clinton said...

Wow! You were able to have your Dad for almost 95 years?! That is so wonderful. He sounds like a great man and true hero. ♥

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thanks Lily & Edward!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Yes, he was. I have so much respect for all he accomplished in his life. Thanks for stopping by Aimee.

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

I feel very blessed to have had both my parents into their 90's. He was really something, I miss him terribly. Thanks for stopping by today M.K.!

Unknown said...

Beautiful, just beautiful cathy <3
Thank you for sharing!
Oh and BTW, I have been seeing Isis EVERYWHERE lately!!! LOL
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thanks for the kind words Jenna, I really appreciate that! Isis does get around, doesn't she - LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

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