We Salute You *Open Thread*


This is the time of year that we celebrate those who have served our nation in the Armed Services. That so many have chosen to do this on our behalf, and for the country, speaks so much about their courage, their bravery, their integrity, and their commitment to this great nation.

True enough, there were those who were drafted into service, especially during the Vietnam War, but they served their nation just as honorably as those who chose to do so voluntarily. And we thank them. (One of my uncles joined the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, not waiting to be drafted. I doubt he was the only one.)

Dad NavyFor all those who have donned the uniform, for my father who served in the Navy (picture at left); my partner’s father, who served in the Army (a retired 3 star who rose from the ranks of the enlisted); two uncles who served in the Marines (Uncle John pictured to the right); Uncle John

an uncle who served in the Army; my niece’s husband, currently in the Marines; my oldest friend, former sister-in-law, and mother of our godson, a cadet at VMI, who served as an officer in the Navy, and her husband, also a Naval officer; and for other friends and family who have served our great nation, I thank you.

This is for you:

Amen to that. Thank you, one and all, to those who have served, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I want to share this one with you, too. It is also powerful, especially at the end:

No recognition of our Veterans would be complete without this stirring ceremony, the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington Cemetery:

Thank you. We salute you, we honor you, we remember you, and we thank you for your service to our Country. Bless you, and your families, who have also served in their way.

This is Veterans Day. May we never forget. I invite you to name those in your family or friends who have served in the Comments below.

This is an Open Thread.


34 Responses to “We Salute You *Open Thread*”

  1. HELENK3 Says:


    A military family one generation to the next generation

  2. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Happy Veteran’s Day, everybody!

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Yes indeed Insanitybytes.
    Happy Veteran’s Day to our Heroes.
    My Husband served and today is his Birthday. 🙂

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    My father served in the United States Army for 30 years. He served in WW2 in Italy and Germany under General George S. Patten.

    My stepbrother served in the Air Force and in the National Guard until his death in 1977.

    I am proud of them both and proud of all the friends and family who also served. That includes some of my friends who never came back from Viet Nam. I miss both of them still. As well as the one who came back and killed himself several years later.

    I did not believe in the conflict that took them but always believed in and honored them. They went where their country sent them. Bless them for their courage.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wow, Marge – that is most impressive abt your father and his career. I know you must be so proud of him, and your stepbrother. How humbling to read of their service to our nation, as well as those friends you had who served in Vietnam. Truly sad abt the friend you lost after he came back.

      I had two uncles who served in the Marine Corps. Uncle John is the one pictured above. He was married to my dad’s sister. He passed away just this year. He served in the Korean War, at the Battle of Chosin, a machine gunner. Apparently, when he was enlisted and asked what position he wanted, it was that one. His commanding officer told him that he knew the lifespan of a gunner was abt 30 seconds. He chose it anyway, and he lived through that fierce, fierce battle…

      Another uncle, my mom’s baby brother, served in the Marines in Vietnam. He chose to go into the Marines rather than be drafted into the Army. I remember him coming to the house with a bunch of his mates when he had gotten out of boot camp down my way on Parris Island. And I remember my mom talking abt some of the stories he told her of the horrors he had seen in battle…

      Anyway – thank you so much for sharing this part of your history.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Dad never wanted anything but the Army and it was a source of great conflict between him and my mother. He finally retired to make her happy but it didn’t really work. They divorced about 4 years later. But my kid brother had died in an accident by then and it could be that like many people they couldn’t stand seeing their own pain reflected in other eyes.

        Dad was a Master Sergeant and never wanted to be an officer. I learned most of my “colorful” language from him.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, wow, Marge – I am so sorry to hear abt your younger brother. I cannot even begin to imagine how hard that had to be for you and your family.

          And yeah, hard to know which came first, but still, that’s too bad abt your parents.

          That is neat abt your dad being a Master Sergeant. He must have been a helluva man…

          My partner’s dad, even though he is now retired, still does a lot for the Army and West Point. He was just a poor boy from Missouri when he enlisted, but the Army saw something in him, sent him to West Point, to Princeton for his Master’s, and then he taught at West Point for a bit, among a number of other posts (like the Pentagon). So, yeah – he has a great amt of gratitude for the Army for enabling him to become what he did/is.

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            How neat about your partner’s dad. The army has done so much good for so many young men.

            My dad lied about his age and joined up when he was 17. He was a wild young man and headed for a lot of trouble as my Grandpa told it. The army straightened his ass out in one quick hurry. Found out there were a lot of folks tougher than he was. He hero worshiped the sergeant that straightened out and I think that’s why he was so determined to stay a non-com for his whole career.

            Even after Dad retired some of his “boys” would show up at the house to talk to “Sarge” about some problem or another.

    • mcnorman Says:

      Woah, under Patton? He must have been very proud.

      • mcnorman Says:

        To be truthful, those of us behind who read back the history are never happy about the why of what took place, but it never takes away from the service that these people gave of themselves.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        We heard about Patton from Dad all our lives. Dad had few heroes but Patton was one. He always believed that Patton was murdered.

        He also loathed Eisenhower. Once he was POTUS my dad never referred to him except as “that bald-headed bastard”.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      ❤ Marge

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Back at ya Foxy!<3 How are ya doing at home kiddo?

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Testing: <3=♥

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            That sequence was supposed to get me a pink heart. Didn’t. I will try again sometime. But for now – night all. Gotta go take in my flag – take out the garbage and get ready to watch “Special Report.” I feel truly blessed to be able to spend Veterans Day as well as every other day with you nice people. Have a nice evening. ♥

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Marge, that is so cool abt your dad and how men would stop by to get his advice years later. That says a LOT abt what kind of leader he was, and what kind of man.

    You’re right – the military has been good for a lot of folks to straighten them out and give them some very clear requirements/boundaries. It sounds like it was a great fit for your dad.

    My uncle (the Marine pictured in the post) was also underaged when he went into the Corps. It was such a good fit for him. He commanded respect – not demanded it, but got it because that was the kind of man he was. He didn’t talk much, but when he did, people listened. He just had an air abt him, tough, but fair, and he had a great sense of humor. He lived his life – his entire life – by the core principles of the Marines, and was very partiotic. Shortly before he died, he made sure that the company he had built up and on the verge of a merger with another company would provide well for his employees, and that they would all keep their jobs. He died a couple of weeks after that deal was done.

    I am still marveling that your dad served with Patton. And I totally get why he preferred staying in the ranks he did.

    Dang, we have known some great Americans, haven’t we? 🙂

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    On a totally different note, I thought of you last night, Marge, when we were watching Dancing With the Stars. After the stars did their first dance, they had to do a “Trio” dance adding in another professional dancer. As Mark Salas said, ballroom dancing isn’t meant to be with three people.

    But he, Sadie, and the other pro, Emma, sure made it look like it was:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And Marge, since there isn’t any more room up above, I am thankful to have you here, and all the other wonderful people who make this space so special every day. It is especially meaningful on days like today. So thank you, all of you!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thank you so much for the clip from Dancing With the Stars Rev! Wasn’t she wonderful? Weren’t they as a trio wonderful? Her parents must be about popping the buttons off their shirts.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        My pleasure, Marge! She is just lovely to watch. It is AMAZING that she hasn’t had dance lessons. I think she could do this professionally if she wanted.

        The pro, Mark, spoke abt how difficult it is to pick another pro of the same gender as the star because of the differences in abilities and how glaring it is. Usually. The judges said they could see no difference between her dance and the pro’s.

        They showed her mom and grandmother – they were just over the moon. How could they not be?

        Here is her first dance. Viewers picked the style of dance – competition style – and their dance was the jive (Mark playfully put their number for votes on his back to make it look like a competition):

  7. HELENK3 Says:

    Who knew all those years I was a democrat, that I was a closet conservative. this has to be one of the best videos yet

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    The spin is in. May work for dimwitted Obamacrats but most will just find her craxier than ever. This is also not good news for the Dems seeking to advance. It seems the septagenarian leaders intend to die in harness. No matter what it does to their party. I’m in favor of that.

    Wave? What Wave?

    An exclusive interview with an unbowed Nancy Pelosi.

    more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/nancy-pelosi-112799.html#ixzz3IrMlKqZH

    • HELENK3 Says:

      do you think is it the botox or the koolade that rotted her brain? or a combination of both?

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Not sure Helen, I just think she’s nuts. But what does that say about those who will vote for her for leader and those who voted for her for their congresscritter? She’s nuts – are they nuts too or just too stupid to know she’s nuts?

  9. HELENK3 Says:


    Alaska has a republican senator

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