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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day... Never Forget



Today is Veteran's Day, and I would like to extend a thank you to all of the veterans out there, and remember two in particular. My dad, who passed away almost seven years ago at the age of 87, was a World War II veteran. His younger brother, my Uncle Joe, also served in World War II, but is a living reminder that our freedom isn't free. He was shot in the head and has spent the past 60+ years in the care of the U.S. Veteran's Administration, primarily at the VA hospital in Lyons, New Jersey. Despite the fact that Uncle Joe enlisted in the army to serve his country instead of going to the University of Alabama on a baseball scholarship, he has never seemed bitter about his incredible sacrifice.

London, Maddie, and I went over to visit Uncle Joe on Sunday, but he was sound asleep in the middle of the afternoon...he seemed to need his rest and I didn't want to wake him, so the girls and I will have to stop in another time. He has his good days and his bad days, and is extremely hard of hearing, but his eyes always light up when London and Maddie dance into his room to share their latest news.

While Billy Ray Cyrus isn't one of the great thinkers of our time, I would like to share the lyrics to his song about veterans, "Some Gave All"

I knew a man called him Sandy Kane
Few folks even knew his name
But a hero was he
Left a boy, came back a man
Still many just don't understand
About the reasons we are free

I can't forget the look in his eyes
Or the tears he cries
As he said these words to me

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all

Now Sandy Kane is no longer here
But his words are oh so clear
As they echo through out our land
For all his friends who gave us all
Who stood the ground and took the fall
To help their fellow man

Love your country and live with pride
And don't forget those who died America can't you see

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all

And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall, yes recall
Some gave all

Some gave all

3 comments:

Martin Miller-Yianni said...

Lovely touching poem, we have Rememberance Day in the UK, same sort of things, very important we never forget these veterans, they got us this far.

Melissa said...

What a wonderful tribute to your dad and uncle.

Paul Eilers said...

That is a great Veterans Day picture.

Thanks for posting it.