Taking a moment

I would encourage you to take a moment today and remember all of our veterans.  Each and every one has sacrificed more than we will ever know.  We are blessed to live in a country that is rooted in freedom and bravery. 

Daddy Compressed2

Happy Veteran’s Day Daddy.  I’m so proud that you served our country in Vietnam.  I love you!

(Please feel free to remember loved ones serving in the military by leaving an encouraging word in the comments section.)

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November 11, 2009 2:49 pm

I would like to say a special thank you to SGT Cole. Thank you for your service. You are a true inspiration!

November 11, 2009 3:33 pm

Ditto to Elisa, #1. Also to my daddy, my step-mom, my sister, my father-in-law and every other veteran out there….THANK YOU! Freedom does not come free. You are appreciated, loved and prayed for every day of every year.

November 11, 2009 3:42 pm

I third Elisa! Thank you to all the service men and women – your courage is not forgotten! A special thanks to my Uncle James (miss you).

Colorado Cat
Colorado Cat
November 11, 2009 3:58 pm

My dad and brother were both in the armed forces (My dad was in the Navy for 20 years and my brother was in the Army for 5 years) and both my grandfathers were in the Air Force and I am truly grateful for their selfless duty to our country. Thank you to all who serve our country!!!!

November 11, 2009 4:30 pm

It’s hard to single out a handful of veterans to thank since there are so many friends and family members I have that have served. I’ll say God Bless and protect all of our men and women in uniform, and RIP LtJG. Nick Jurano, USN.

fan in H-Town
fan in H-Town
November 11, 2009 4:59 pm

Both of my granafathers were veterans: one fought as an Army infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. The other was a Naval fighter pilot & was shot down over N.Korea in the Korean War. His body was never found. Because of them & countless others who gave thier lives, Veterans Day especially resonates with me. Thanks to these brave men, as well to Sgt Cole, & to the other fine brave soldiers who sacrifice their lives EVERY DAY so we may live in peace. After all, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE. And a special heartfelt thanks to those soldiers who are enduring the tragedy at Ft Hood. From the bottom of my heart, I thank each & every one of you for your service & so glad you are fighting on OUR side!

November 11, 2009 5:00 pm

Yes, a heartfelt thanks to all of the veterans out there. Lincee, you look so much like your dad….at least in the few photos I’ve seen on here through the years!

November 11, 2009 5:15 pm

“In the long history of the world, only two defining forces have offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.”

Thanks to my dad for serving in Vietnam, my future brother in law for serving in Iraq…. and ALL who are serving or have served. You make me proud to be an American.

SGT Cole
SGT Cole
November 11, 2009 5:36 pm

Hey Greenbeaners! You have all been so sweet to me over these last few months. I appreciate it.

I loved being deployed and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. I have some brothers and sisters (literally, actually) who are still in the fight. Keep them in mind over the holidays.

Speaking of the holidays, I am going to make a suggestion for all of you who may not have much to give in these crappy economic times: for the last 4 years, I have told everybody who would ever think to get me a Christmas gift to instead make a gift in the exact amount to the Wounded Warrior Project. There are many charities out there, but this one is especially good and has helped some good friends of mine.

For those who would like to contribute to guys in the field, American Snipers provides hard-to-find items that snipers use to do their jobs. Many of the items are small, niche, civilian products that the army and marine corps supply systems don’t provide.



Thanks for letting me plug!

SGT Cole
SGT Cole
November 11, 2009 5:57 pm

I love this picture of my uncle Johnny!

November 11, 2009 8:00 pm

I would like to say thanks to my amazing brother-in-law Charlie who is serving in Iraq – his third deployment, and my dad who is a retired Air Force Brigadier General. I love you guys!

November 11, 2009 8:17 pm

Thanks to all our armed forces who have served, but especially close to my heart is my husband. I am so honored to be part of the military family. Sgt. Cole thank you for your service and giving us those links.
RIP CPL James Hale and CPL Gary Moore, your sacrifice will never be forgotten

November 11, 2009 8:27 pm

My dad served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. One of my grandfathers served in the army during the Korean conflict and my other grandfather served in the Air Force. I thank the Lord that he kept them safe while they served so unselfishly.

Praying for our servicemen today.

November 12, 2009 12:26 am

I’d like to say thank you to my little brother Jonathan, who dreamed of being in the military his whole life and now is a 2nd Lt. in the Army since May. I’m so proud of you. Zan, my dear friend and Marine–thank you for your service in Okinawa! To my grandpas, family members and friends who also serve and have served, thank you for your patriotism–we wouldn’t be a free country without y’all.

November 12, 2009 7:24 am

I think it’s good to remember that even if you don’t believe we need to be in combat, it’s still important to support those brave men and women who are fighting for us every day. At times, I have questioned our country’s presence in foreign lands, but I have never ever failed to remember that there are moms and dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters fighting in a conflict many Americans don’t support. And those people deserve our thanks and respect!

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