November 9: Holiday: Veteran’s Day
“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!”–Sun Tzu
Featured Bloggers for WQW #42: Quotes that Touched
For those of you who contributed to WQW #42, thank you for your ideas.
- BEACHWALK REFLECTIONS – SENSE OF TOUCH
- EKLASTIC – THE CARESS OF WATER
- KEEP IT ALIVE – THE SENSE WE ARE BORN WITH
- LADY LEE – ““The place where silence had a voice
Where one hears the quiet by choice”
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – A TOUCH OF MYSTERY
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – A TOUCH OF FALL ALONG HAPPY TRAILS
- SILLY FROG’S BLOG – THE MAGIC OF TOUCHING A FROG
- THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH – THE CHILL WE AVOID
- WIDE-EYED WANDERINGS – THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TOUCH OF A HAND
- WIND KISSES – THE GLOW OF ARIZONA IN THE FALL
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For More on Veteran’s Day
YOUR BLOG POST GOES HERE – FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE POST IF A PARTICULAR TOPIC MOVES YOU.
- EKLASTIC – A SOLDIER’S REGRET
- HORSE ADDICT – HORSES ARE HEROES, TOO!
- LADY LEE – REMEMBERING TO HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED
- LOVING LIFE – VETERAN’S DAY
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – HONORING PERSONAL HEROINES
- THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH – POLITICAL PROTECTOR BECOMES TYRANT – PLATO
- WIND KISSES – EVERY DAY SHOULD BE VETERAN’S DAY
Thank You, For Giving Up Your Freedom to Protect Ours
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”– John F. Kennedy
Last week my eyes were opened just a tad to the needs of Veteran’s in Prescott. In groups of about eight, a woman drives veterans to pick up warm coats and blankets to help them through winter. I don’t know what the situation is with these former soldiers, but none of them enjoy prosperity. I hope they are not homeless.
We had one man in his twenties who had just become homeless. He wanted a size 3X coat to fit over the 4-5 other coats he was wearing. He picked out extra-large gloves to fit over his other gloves and the same with socks. He sleeps in empty dumpsters and hopes that the garbage man doesn’t come during the night.
No where is ideal to be homeless, but we had snow last Thursday just before all these men came in. I thanked the veterans for their service, and they thanked me. Many of them shook my hand and introduced themselves. It was a moving experience.
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”— José Narosky
How true this is. The idea that such young men go out to face enormous pressures and life-changing circumstances should boggle our minds. My husband joined the Navy at age 17, 95 pounds. In person, he must have looked like a ten-year old wearing adult clothing. The Navy added 50 pounds during basic training, and taught him a foreign language. He spent his time in the service during the Viet Nam war translating Spanish in Puerto Rico.
You’d think that would be a gravy job, wouldn’t you? He wore headphones eight hours a day and voices assailed him at all hours of the day and night. Electrical storms hit the towers, and sent a blast of sound that would almost knock him out. He stayed in the service for two years and then went into civilian life, seemingly unscathed. Today he can hardly hear. He says that hearing aids don’t help. He enjoys the quiet.
We think that if the service men come back with all their arms, legs, and eyes that they are fine. But not one of these young people has escaped injury. Many of them don’t survive emotionally and end up homeless and mentally damaged. They lose their families and friends. Some of them during the Viet Nam war went in unwillingly, but they went. Others were forced to flee their country to escape fighting for a war that they didn’t want to fight.
Two Living WWII Vets
Ernie Garcia lived in Woodlake and worked at the elementary school where I taught. We have known each other for over 30 years. Hal Whitlock is my mother’s cousin whom I met for the first time in 2011. We have since visited several times. Both still live full productive lives still serving their communities.
I’m glad that military service is no longer compulsory. It is a big step to say yes to serving your country and going anywhere in the world, trusting that you will get back in one piece. Those of us who have never gone to war, can’t imagine the sacrifices that they made and continue to make every day if not fighting for our freedom, then helping other countries fight for theirs.
In Honor to Veterans
In Woodlake the city and community organizations collaborate to put on a Veteran’s dinner.
“Prescott has one of the highest percentages of veterans, per capita, of any City in the United States.” – Prescott Honoring Veterans Day
“The City of Prescott is excited to announce that the 2022 Veterans Day Parade will be held in Downtown Prescott on Friday, November 11, 2022. Opening ceremonies will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the stage at the intersection of Cortez St. and Union St., with parade beginning at 11:00 a.m.” – City of Prescott
This week’s WQW Is Inspired By Veterans
Woodlake’s first luncheon honoring veterans, and Woodlake High School Veteran Interview program.
Now it’s your turn.
This is our week to say and do something back. What are you doing? Inspire us. I want to DO something this Veteran’s Day to say thanks. If you are a veteran reading this, what do you wish that those of us who never served would do?
Have a great week, my friends.
Ongoing on Always Write
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- Upcoming topics for WQW
- November 16: Travel: Memorable Trips
- November 23: Holiday: Thanksgiving, Gratitude
- November 30: Abandoned or Artistic Buildings/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
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