Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Tribute To All Veterans And A Tribute To My Father

Today is Veterans Day, a day to stop and remember the men and women of the armed forces who have served and currently served America. I was trained as a combat medic in the United States Army and served from 1966 to 1971. My brother Kirt was also in the United States Army and served for three years, one of which was in Vietnam.

Although all wars are horrible, the Vietnam era is the most vivid in my mind mainly because that I was a part of it. More than 57,000 soldiers were killed during that era and many more were wounded. It was also a time of protest and rebellion and returning soldiers were not always greeted with open arms and gratitude, rather they were often jeered.

Thankfully, Vietnam War veterans are now being recognized for the part they played in the defense of America and rightfully so. Today's returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq are being deservedly welcomed home and respected.

Today, I'd like to thank all of the men and women of the armed forces for their service to America. Moreover, I'd like to thank my father, James M. Sullivan, Sr., for his service to America during World War II, by posting pictures of my father during past Veterans Day ceremonies prior to his death.

God Bless America !

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19 comments:

Julie said...

What a beautiful tribute Jimmy. I thank God for all our soldiers who have fought for our freedom. I send them all my prayers during these difficult times.

Rose said...

I too, would like to honor and thank all that served!


Hugs,Rose

garnett109 said...

What a Great Tribute To Your Father.

Thanks Jim!

Frances said...

A beautiful tribute to your Father, Jimmy, and to all veterans. I join you in honoring them. I would like to also honor my granddaughter, Krysten, serving now, on board the Navy ship, U.S.S.Nimitz, and all the men and women serving in the military today.

Paula said...

Impressive tribute to your Father and all who served our wonderful country.

MISSY said...

That is a wonderful tribute. And thank YOU for serving as well! *M*

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Anne said...

Beautifully said without injecting politics. Doc is a Vietnam Vet also. I remember being spit on......me...yes, me because I was married to a solier. I lost many a good friend during Vietnam. War is never good but it is a reality. God Bless you Jimmy. Anne

Anne said...

Make that: I was married to a soldier..............the martini is kicking in. And by the way, thanks for checking on me to see if I was still in the closet. Anne

Woody said...

Nice Entry!

Veterans supporting Veterans!

*(Salute)


Woody

Linda's World said...

Such a beautiful tribute Jimmy. God bless your dad and God bless all who have served and are still serving. Linda in Washington

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Veterans Day Rememberances to You and your father.

Myra said...

What wonderful memories of your father! I hadn't noticed your sidebar...you sure have lots of women pals!!

Martha said...

I wore my red, white and blue today! Cheers to all our Veterans! ::glasses clinking::

Missie said...

Hope the rest of your week is good!

natalie said...

dear JImmy
thanks for this inspirational post!
Your father was amazing I bet.
Take care,
hugs,
natalie

Nancy said...

What a nice post, Jimmy....you made your dad proud I'm sure.

Nance

Joann said...

Beautiful tribute, Jimmy!! My thanks to everyone who has served, and to you and your father too. Your dad was a brave man!!

Joann

Ally Lifewithally said...

Jimmy that is such a lovely tribute to your Father ~ I too would like to thank all our Service Personnel who are still fighting so we can have our freedom ~ God Bless them all ~ Ally x

Jeannie Pickering said...

How special was your tribute to your Dad!! I was in my teens and wore one of the silver bangles for a POW, just recently did some research after watching one of the movies about the war And he is still alive and make it. I need to email him before it's too late. I enjoy column everyday!! Jeannie