Saturday, May 21, 2011

Armed Forces Day

As you know, we've gotten so far behind we're posting later in the day now, so we're a bit behind publishing this.

Today, Saturday, May 21 is Armed Forces Day in the United States.  It was created in 1949 when all the Armed Forces were unified under one department - the Department of Defense - and it replaced separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days.

Jan took photos at two nursing homes this year for the local VFW and we'd like to share them with you. Our WWII and Korean veterans are dying and our Vietnam vets are aging, and it is sad to see those who once fought valiantly for American freedom to now fight age and infirmity instead.


Even though many of them are wheelchair-bound, they were happy to assemble for group photos. We are very proud of each of them.


And we think the song, Sacrifice for Me - written and sung by Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys - is appropriate for this post so we'd like to share it with you today.You might want to turn up your speakers.


If the video doesn't play, click here.

13 comments:

  1. Great post and video :)

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  2. These are lovely pics! The song is quietly powerful too, thanks for sharing! Take care
    x

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  3. Those are very nice pictures. WE send purrs to all the Vets. It is important to remember them. We also liked the post about Summer the Sheep!!!!
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia

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  4. Dad couldn't figure out why we licking him so much and paying so much attention to him. He is a veteran now.

    Essex & Deacon

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  5. Pawesome post for this special day.
    Happy Armed Forces Day!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  6. Lovely post. We send purrs to the Vets too.

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  7. Mom knows when she passes Carlisle on Sunday she'll see lots of celebrations here

    http://www.armyheritage.org/component/content/article/34-banner-content/107-army-heritage-and-education-center.html

    They are having a special event this weekend!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  8. Thank you for your comment on our blog. We're new to the Blogosphere and it's nice to receive all the welcomes we have. In Canada, we commemorate our veterans on Remembrance Day, in November, but it's right they should be remembered every day. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Wonderful post and video. The mom here had tears in her eyes. We get so busy with the every day things in life that it is easy to forget who and why we have such a great life to have. I always have a soft place in my heart for the seniors and especially when I know I am seeing a veteran. As the days go by we lose more and more of these great men who put their lives on the line so we can live with our freedoms. God bless our verterans each and every one of them.

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  10. Happy Sunday and purrrrrs from Avalon...

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  11. Thank you for posting this, and for honoring our armed forces!

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  12. Thanks to all the military people!

    Woofs & hugs,

    ~Bailey

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  13. Oh that was beautiful. I really like the video. You are so sweet to post this. My father in law is a WW2 vet..he is 86 years old. But you would never know it. He is very Healthy God Fearing Man.

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