Friday, November 9, 2012

Veteran's Day 2012

Today deer season will open at noon and we will be out hunting. The children raised in GriggsDakota grow up to believe venison is a delicacy. We hunt on the land we farm and eat our meat. It is a long standing family tradition and a fun way to celebrate Veteran's Day with Grandpa Sonny. We are expecting another snowstorm, which makes deer hunting challenging and fun.
The following post was originally published last year, but my gratitude to Veterans is everlasting. 
Enjoy the weekend.
Today is Veteran's Day in the United States of America. Poppies always remind me of Veterans. 
Did you memorize John McCrae's poem "In Flander's Fields" while in school? It was a favorite of my high school English teacher. Click on the link to read the text and find some information on the poem and its author provided by Arlington National Cemetery.
 It is a poem often recited at flag waving Ceremonies, 
or in flag draped cemeteries. 
Some of the flags are carried by Veterans. It is easy to spot Veterans at those ceremonies and to remember their service to our country.
Most other times, Veterans are difficult to pick out of a crowd. 
 I think the flag draped cemeteries explain a lot about Veterans.
Veterans are lucky.
Veterans returned to enjoy the country they served. 
Perhaps no one understands that privilege as well as the Veteran himself. 
So he smiles. 
And remembers the good times. 
Thanks, Dad.

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