Veteran's Day is Not Just a Day to Shop

Veteran’s Day has deep and personal meaning to many families around the world. Ours is one of those. My husband was killed on active duty and left behind two children and devastated friends and family. Time has passed. Our shock and grief replaced with a resolve that has hopefully made our lives stronger because of our loss. This isn’t a post to elicit sympathy but a short and simple post to say thank you to everyone who is currently serving and who have served our country.

I’m passionate about my support of the troops whether I believe in the conflicts that our country is involved in our not. And I hope that you will too. In the past I’ve posted about Fischer House and encourage anyone who is thinking about a gift this holiday season to consider making a donation to support the families who may not be able to be in their own homes this holiday but staying close by one of the military hospitals to be with loved ones.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsCindy Jones • November 12 2007 02:41PM



I'm sorry for your and your families loss. I will look into Fisher House. God Bless.

Thank You Veterans.

Mike Lewis - Sgt. USMC 1984-1988


Posted by Mike and Dawn Lewis, The Lewis Team at Keller Williams in San Diego CA (The Lewis Team at Keller Williams) over 11 years ago


Veteran's Day is also in honor of those left behind. Your sacrifice is very greatly appreciated by Veterans.

The hardest task of my military career was thinking of what I would write to family members in the event their loved one was lost under my watch.  Thankfully I never had to write such a letter.

Larry Wright, SSG USA 1984 - 1995


Posted by Larry Wright (nwRealty.Com) over 11 years ago

Cindy--My husband is a retired Marine and I share your enthusiasm for supporting our men and women who serve our country so admirably especially in times such as we are now experiencing.  Supporting Fisher House is a great way to say thanks.  May I also suggest a couple of other ideas:  Support Toys for Tots!  We have quite a few Military families both Reserve and Active Duty in Iraq who can't afford to provide Christmas for their children (I will do a blog with the information on where to send your donations. 100%  of your donation goes to provide toys for the children).  When you do your Holiday cards send one to a Marine or Soldier serving away from home.  You don't have to know them to let them know you care.

Thanks for a fabulous blog, Cindy!

Posted by Sandy Bacon (MacDoc Realty) over 11 years ago
Sandy-I'm a big supporter of Toys for Tots and we send packages to the troops every month from our office.  We collected a huge supply of books on our last collection as well as the basic supplies that they always need.  Thanks for the reminder for everyone that there is loads that everyone can do.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Cindy - The Fisher House is a great organization.  Thank you for your continued support of the troops.  I wish more people would remember it as a day to Honor Veterans, and not a day for shopping, or a long weekend. 
Posted by Dawn DeGroff (Fredericksburg Realty, Inc) over 11 years ago
God Bless You Cindy, Today my husband and I will be joining our twins' 7th grade class on a field trip to Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. For each Military Commemorative Holiday, our church holds a celebration to reiterate the significance and honor those to whom the day was dedicated. This keeps our thoughts and prayers focused on including those who do and have laid down their lives so we can enjoy the liberties that can be all too often taken for granted. I was blissfully ignorant (elementary and middle school age) of the happenings during the Vietnam War, my 1st visit to the Vietnam War Memorial set everything into perspective. Like you said, "whether I believe in the conflicts that our country is involved in our not", there is no denial that it is the people who put their lives on the line and their families who need our support. Thank you for reminding us - Your Sister, Kim Jones
Posted by Kim Jones, Educator, Advocate & REALTOR - Baltimore, MD Relo (Keller Williams Select REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Great post.  One really does not have to read your post too carefully to realize that you are not asking for sympathy from anyone on Veterans Day.  The time we need to recognize the heroes like your husband is Memorial Day.  Veterans Day is a time for all of us to thank the Veterans who have served our country.  All Veterans and not just those who have served in conflicts or given their lives.

You and your family have endured a great deal and they are stronger for it (as you mentioned).  Endured more than very few have been asked to endure.  We should all hope that our families would be as strong as yours has turned out to be.  We never know until the time comes.

This is one Veteran who knows what you have endured and praise you for your contributions to our country.  You are a veteran of coping with a difficult situation and making it turn out for the good.

Thanks Lady!

Posted by Ed DeChristopher, CRS Fredericksburg VA (Fredericksburg Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago
God bless you, your family and all the troops and there family's. I live in a military town, Clarksville, TN and Ft. Campbell, KY and know how hard it is on the ones left behind and the ones that are gone for 15 month at a time.
Posted by Edith " Edi " Davenport, Your Realtor For Life (Coldwell Banker, Conroy, Marable & Holleman) over 11 years ago

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