A Veteran: whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve — is someone who at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of “up to and including his/her life”.

On a wall-hanging plank purchased July 4th is this:  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  For his/her family, for his/her country needs to be added.  Love this and it is a gift for a child who is now serving this country.  (Hope you’re still not reading this blog or you will know part of your house warming gift!)  The best part of this plank is the picture of a soldier with the wings of the United States flag colors and shapes of it’s stars and stripes.  And that it was Made in USA!  Thanks to Dalton, Ohio.

As much as any of us complain about anything and everything going on in this world today, we have that privilege because of the Lord and those who gave much to allow us to live in this country with whatever freedom we have.  Many of us remember this and thank the Lord every day by praying for all those who serve and have served with all they have to give.  Today will always be special in my heart, may the Lord bless and keep all of you safe.  And . . . .


Search:  American Legion at: www.legion.org  /members or about

Veterans Day at: http://www.military.com/veterans-day

www.timeanddate.com     usmilitary.about.com

One might want to say thanks by clicking on Veterans Hospital or Veterans Home and see what you can do to personalize your thanks at http//www.benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm    The upper left of the home page has a list of subjects among them is Honoring Veterans, Veterans Home, and Veterans Services.

Our flag’s colors are red, white and blue and like the other features of it, each color was purposely choosen to symbolize something of significance.  White is purity and innocence; red means hardiness and valour; and blue vigilance, perserverance and justice.  May we always remember many lives and body’s parts altered for these qualities.

Most of us know the 50 stars represent the fifty United States but how many know that number has increased to 51 by Puerto Rico’s November 2012 election*.  We may have to get a new design to represent all 51 states ( future of flag section at wikipedia.org’s flag of U.S.).  There also is a excellent section on Folding for storage.  To know the meaning of each fold go to an  American Legion.

*changing it’s political status from territorial to support of statehood status.