Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More than a four-day weekend

Our family is busy preparing for a camping trip over the coming holiday weekend. I'm guilty of tackling my mundane tasks without focusing on the "why" of this four-day weekend.

As we celebrate Veteran's Day this Thursday, November 11th, it's a good time to remember and appreciate those who volunteer to protect us.

Do you have a friend or family member who's a veteran or who's currently serving? I'd love to hear their story.

In the meantime, if you're feeling patriotic, check out these powerful videos:

"I Just Came Back From A War" by Darryl Worley



Courtesy of Jemi Fraser, a group of Canadian country artists sing "Standing Tall and True"



In the "Always makes me cry" category, Faith Hill sings our national anthem

22 comments:

  1. oh, I cry at the national anthem every time, too. There's just so many hopes and dreams and ... all of it wrapped up in that song and the belief of what this country can do for people. I wish Americans would remember what we stand for and stop the infighting and bickering. We're supposed to be working together *despite* our differences to find compromises that make us stronger...

    hey! Sorry for the soapbox. I'd better get back to ReviseMo... :D <3

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  2. Have fun camping! Thank you so much for the fantastic tribute. My dad was in Vietnam. He sent pictures back to my mom while he was over there and I made an album of them. On the opening page I wrote a bit about honoring veterans. Dad teared up when he read it and looked at the album.

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  3. At first I thought this was a mistake--camping in November?? (I live in Michigan. Enough said.) But then I remembered not everyone faces freezing temps this time of year! Have a great time!!

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  4. Have a wonderful camping trip.

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  5. Thanks for this post, Julie. Very moving.

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  6. I give thanks to my grandpa for teaching me to feel patriotic (WWII). Plus, I have a big handsome cousin who spent time in Iraq. Have you visited MommyJ's blog? She has a regular post called Servicemen Sunday (the button/link is on my sidebar) in which she honors current soldiers.
    Have a great week - especially your camping trip. :)

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  7. I'm with Jill - the camping in November completely threw me off!

    Faith Hill has such a glorious voice and this rendition is beautiful!! I hadn't heard the first one before - it's powerful too.

    Thanks for the shout out. Enjoy the camping!

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  8. I didn't even think about the camping thing! We live in So Cal, and we'll be riding ATV's out in the desert. It'll be pretty warm, actually.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. The videos are great...Faith Hill is one of my favorites...Have a ton of fun camping.

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  10. Enjoy your holiday. I added a camping haiku on my blog under this week's theme: preparation.
    :O)

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  11. Have a wonderful camping trip with your fam Julie!! Hope the weather is perfect for you guys!! :)

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  12. Enjoy your camping trip. =o)

    My husband, my father and both my brothers were in the military. Dad was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam - even though he never saw combat. Thanks for honoring the troops, Julie.

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  13. thank you for this timely and sensitive post honoring our veterans of war. my dad flew in the berlin airlift, so WW II was an important subject often discussed in our house growing up.

    hoping you have a wonderful trip!!

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  14. Have a great weekend with your family! My brother in law, father in law, grandfather in law, uncle - all served!

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  15. Enjoy your camping holiday, Julie. I have a friend's uncle in the army and a friend who is in the air force.

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  16. Enjoy camping Julie and thanks for reminding all of us why the kids actually have school off so that we can talk about it:)

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  17. Have a wonderful camping trip, and thanks for the Veteran's Day reminder and videos!

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  18. Camping sounds fun! Enjoy your trip!

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  19. Faith Hill was never that much known and popular outside USA, but I've always found her so elegant and lovely.

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