Friday, November 11, 2011

To Say Thank You

Veterans Day.  One of those lesser holidays.   You may or may not get off work.  The kids may or may not get off school.  Heck, most of the stores don't even bother to have a special sale.  After all, it's just Veterans Day.

But maybe we could take a minute today, to stop and reflect.  To honor.  To say thanks.

I have a couple veterans I'd like to honor.

To my father, Frank Masterson, who served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Thanks, Dad.

Thanks also to my uncles - George Masterson, U.S. Army, WW II; Leslie Masterson, U.S. Army, WW II; and William Masterson, U.S. Army, Korea.

Thank you to my brother, Frank L. Masterson, who served our country in the U.S. Army in Viet Nam.

Thank you, Frank.

And may we never again treat our returning servicemen and women as so many of you were treated when you came home.

Thank you to my husband, Stan Leszczuk, who served our country in the U.S. Air Force for twenty years.

You made me proud to be an Air Force wife.

Thank you to all those men and women who stepped up when their country called, ready to give whatever was needed - up to and including their life.

Please, take a moment today and thank a veteran.

Groaner of the Day:  A Grandmother was surprised by her 7 year old grandson one morning when he had made her coffee.

She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom there were three of those little green army men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what are the army men doing in my coffee?"

Her grandson said, "Grandma, it says on TV-'The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!'"

(If you don't get this one, you're too young to remember the commercial it's based on.)


Sarah Pearson said...

I will echo your thanks.

Isis Rushdan said...

I've thanked two so far today and my husband thanked me back. I think Veterans Day is often overlooked, unfortunately. Thanks for this post!

Jessica R. Patch said...

Ha! I remember that commercial!

I'm honoring my dad today. He fought in Vietnam. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Thank you and Amen.

LD Masterson said...

Thanks, Sarah.

LD Masterson said...

Isis - And let me thank you and your husband for your service.

LD Masterson said...

Jessica - If your dad served in Viet Nam, I wouldn't have thought you old enough to remember that ad. Good memory.

LD Masterson said...

Maria - Amen indeed.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Crap, I'm old enough to remember that commercial...
My father served in Vietnam and was career military.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

For years I wanted Veteran's Day off, to honor my father who served in WWII and died when I was a child. Now that I'm self-employed, I finally have the day off.

Elizabeth said...

What a nice tribute. THANK YOU from me.

Great blog. Love the nice, simple brown.

Stopping by to take a look around.



LD Masterson said...

Alex - Naw, you probably just heard that commercial on one of those retro channels.

A Veterans Day thanks to your father.

LD Masterson said...

Diane - I'm sure even when you had to work, you honored him in your heart.

LD Masterson said...

Elizabeth - Welcome. I'm always delighted to see a new face. Hope you'll visit often.

Arlee Bird said...

Good tribute to the vets in your family.

The groaner? I'm old enough to remember and I'm also old enough to forget. I won't tell anyone about this.

Memoirist Ann Carbine Best visits Wrote By Rote on Saturday 11/12/11

Wanton Redhead Writing said...

I'm a veteran but don't actually feel like one as I served in the Air Force during the early 80's and the most action I saw was over the coffee pot. Don't ask.

Glad to find your blog.

Sarah Allen said...

Thank you and a prayer for all the soldiers in your family.

And I totally remember that commercial :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

LD Masterson said...

I'm a little late with these final comments. I was off line most of the weekend. Sorry.

Lee - It will be our little secret.

Wanton Redhead Writing - May I call you WRW? As far as I'm concerned, you are most definitely a verteran and I thank you for your service. It's not the assignment you received, it's the committment you made. And I'm glad you found me, too.

Sarah - Thanks. And it's nice to know I'm not the only one who got that groaner.