Ask a Wife of a Veteran


Why is this holiday important? What does it mean? I think we often take for granted the freedom we experience everyday. This site wouldn’t exist in some parts of the world. I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have if I didn’t live in America. My family has benefited from the military and we are very grateful for what we have experienced and learned. My husband served in the Navy and it was during his service time that afforded him the opportunity to obtain a Bachelors degree and a Masters Degree. The skills and valor he gained while serving in the Navy led him to his current employment position. I also think that the foundation for our family grew out of the time when we were apart and forced to communicate in writing and on short phone calls. It made me realize the importance of people in my life and not taking them for granted.

I just want to say I appreciate the sacrifices the soldiers make for our country. I also know the amount of sacrifice every person who knows and loves that soldier makes. I remind you to take a break from your celebration at 3:00 PM on Monday and thank a soldier.

Here is a poem that reminds us to remember. It was buried among the dead during Word War I. It was written as a result of a soldier witnessing the death of his friend during battle. The symbol of the poppy flower resulted from this poem and is often sold by Veterans to raise funds.

The title piece of In Flanders Fields and Other Poems, 1919, Written by:John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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  1. This is a beautiful post and I thank you for writing it. My grandfather spent 30+ years in the military and I grew up in a military town. My appreciation and deference to soldiers is always present. One of my very best friends went to West Point and she is now an LTC serving 18-months in Afganistan. I share all your military deals with her so she can share them with her unit — she heads a hospital unit with over 2,000 soldiers.

    Being thankful for what our soldiers do, and have sacrificed their lives for is something that I keep in mind every day. Thank you for sharing your personal story — and keep those deals for the military coming b/c they need our support!

    The best way to thank a soldier is just to say Thank You when you see them. People with negative views often feel compelled to tell the soldier, but those of us who are thankful for their sacrifices often think they already know how much we appreciate what soldiers do. Speak up and Thank every soldier.

    Again, thank you for writing this!
    .-= Sara @ Saving For Someday´s last blog ..Reconnecting With People From Your Past: Reunions =-.