Tuesday, November 8, 2011

In Her Own Words

First, let’s backtrack to a week ago Monday. Hope you had a great Halloween and lots of left-over treats to enjoy. I happened on an Edgar Allen Poe-theme blog. Michelle Ward is a multi-media artist who loves EAP. Every year, she does Poe-theme decorations, including at one point constructing a miniature theater in which Poe and his raven perform. As one of Poe’s daughters, I couldn’t resist posting a link to Michelle’s Halloween blog.

* * * * *

Now forward to Friday, which is Remembrance Day north of the border and Veterans Day in the States. ROMVETS is a list for women who have served in the military and are writers. I asked some of my ROMVET sisters to contribute a short quote about what they will be thinking about on Friday. Here’s what they said, and links to their sites, in case you’d like to know more about what they are writing.

I thank God for the opportunity to serve, to give my children the freedom of choice. Diana, AGC(AW), United States Navy (Retired)

If I could do it all over again, I would without hesitation. Rogenna, United States Navy

I will never forget St Peter's Cave where the U.S. Army prayed on Christmas Eve before the Battle of the Bulge, Kim, United States Air Force

I was 24 years old when I got to Vietnam. Real cherry. Soon though, I was middle age. And when I left, I was 95 going on dead. Forty years later, I’m back in the world in body...missing in action in spirit and soul, Sharon, American Red Cross (Korea and Viet Nam)

Forty years out I still remember names and faces of the people I served with. Some links are never broken. Some friends are never forgotten, Sharon, U. S. Army
Quote for the week
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity... Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. ~General Dwight D. Eisenhower


Diana Cosby said...

Thank you Sharon for honoring those who served and are serving. God bless them and their families who keep our country free.
God bless,

Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN Ret.

Julia Buckley said...

Thanks for the voices of Veterans.

We are sad here this week because a local boy, cousin to one of my students, died three weeks into his first posting in Afghanistan--he was 24 and engaged to be married.

It makes us aware, once again, of the great courage soldiers possess, and the sacrifices that they make for the sake of us who stay at home.

Sandra Parshall said...

As long as people wage war on one another, I don't think we can call ourselves civilized. I appreciate the service and sacrifice of the men and women in the armed forces, but what I wish for most fervently is the day when that service and sacrifice will no longer be needed. Nobody wins a war. Everyone who is touched by it loses something precious.

Liz said...

My thanks to all who have served and prayers for those serving. Thanks to you, Sharon, for remembering serving members and veterans.

jenny milchman said...

We sang it every year in school: "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me..."

I'm very sorry for your community's loss, Julia. I honor those who strive to do for their country.