Thursday, November 7, 2013

Saying Thank You To Our Veterans

Veteran's Day is approaching. We were a military family managing deployments through Jack's long career. Although deployments were difficult and separations hard, we managed to make our way. Often we had reunions in airports in full view of strangers. There were always tears, kisses and camera flashes. One of the things I so loved is when people, both young and old, nodded our way or spoke a simple thank you to our family as we made our way home.

There were rough times to be sure. When Jack was in a combat zone far, far away, phone calls came to me in the middle of the night.  He would speak quietly and I would cry. We lived apart for two years after September 11th. He was safe, but an airplane was required to see one another. Sacrifices were many, but it was the right thing to do. We served our country as a family and celebrated each time the deployment ended, only to face another.

This video offers a suggestion on thanking those who serve. Consider the content of this short video and act on graciousness when you approach a person in uniform. They serve for you.
Thank you,


  1. Ugh, airports are still so hard for me, too many memories of painful goodbyes. Please thank Jack for his service :)

    Much love,

  2. This is so beautiful Mere!

    I don't have any family in the military so I've often felt awkward and unsure of what to say or do when I see them. I love this simple approach of letting them know that I acknowledge their service and their sacrifices - and to be able to quietly say "Thank You'.

    I appreciate all that you've shared about your experiences when Jack was away - and I'm sure it was much harder than you let on. So thank you for reminding us of those to who have given so much on our behalf - and of their families as well.

    And I want to send a personal Thank You to your Jack ~

    ♥ Cali

  3. Thank you for sharing this. It's nice to see military personnel being treated as they deserve. I am of the Viet Nam generation and it was despicable how so many treated our returning military men and their families.

    Thank you, your family and every other military family, past, present and future, for your service.

  4. Thank Jack who served, and to you and your family for being the support behind him. In my eyes, it is one of the most selfless things a person can do, to put their life on the line for others - and in your case, to stand with them while they do that. So, thank you.

  5. My heart and prayers always go out to our service men and women AND their families. But I often don't know what to say to them.
    I am so very grateful for their service and sacrifice, not just while they are serving, but the struggles they face once they are home.

    Thank you both, with every fiber of my being.