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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

In thanks and gratitude to America's veterans, as well as those currently serving, and their families; your bravery and sacrifices will not be forgotten.

The Things That Make a Soldier Great by Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959), 1918

The things that make a soldier great and send him out to die,
To face the flaming cannon's mouth nor ever question why,
Are lilacs by a little porch, the row of tulips red,
The peonies and pansies, too, the old petunia bed,
The grass plot where his children play, the roses on the wall:
'Tis these that make a soldier great.
He's fighting for them all.

'Tis not the pomp and pride of kings that make a soldier brave;
'Tis not allegiance to the flag that over him may wave;
For soldiers never fight so well on land or on the foam
As when behind the cause they see the little place called home.
Endanger but that humble street whereon his children run,
You make a soldier of the man who never bore a gun.
What is it through the battle smoke the valiant soldier sees?

The little garden far away, the budding apple trees,
The little patch of ground back there, the children at their play,
Perhaps a tiny mound behind the simple church of gray.
The golden thread of courage isn't linked to castle dome
But to the spot, where'er it be — the humblest spot called home.
And now the lilacs bud again and all is lovely there
And homesick soldiers far away know spring is in the air;
The tulips come to bloom again, the grass once more is green,
And every man can see the spot where all his joys have been.

He sees his children smile at him, he hears the bugle call,
And only death can stop him now -- he's fighting for them all.

My great-grandfather, Frank Libert (1894-1986), World War I Veteran
My great-grandfather, Andy Rapacuk (1895-1979), World War I Veteran
My great-grandfather, Harry Ivory (1891-1963), World War I Veteran
My grandfather, John Libert (1923-1977), World War II Veteran
My grandfather, John Ivory (1927-1974), World War II Veteran
My husband, OIF & OEF Veteran


Erin said...

Great photos! What a wonderful history of service!

Maeve's Momma said...

Great pictures, thanks for sharing :)

kitten said...

Wow, those are great photos L! :)

Jess said...

Happy Veteran's Day! Love the photos!

Katie said...

Love the pics! Happy Veterans Day to you and thanks to your soldier!

Veronica Lee said...

Great pics!!! WOW!!!

Happy Veterans Day!

Hallee the Homemaker said...

We have very similar posts for this holiday. Thank you for sharing your pictures.


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