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Before we respect the bird we should.... 
Nov. 5, 2011 9:50 am 
Updated: Nov. 13, 2011 4:50 am

I have read Doug Matthews spirited "Respect The Bird!!!" blog (Nov. 15, 2010). I have also read Allrecipes "Fight To Take Back Thanksgiving" and "Respect The Bird" campaigns.

First let me say, I know that Thanksgiving is not just a meal before Black Friday. I know the true meaning of Thanksgiving and celebrate it as such.

However, before we respect the bird we should respect the Veteran. November 11th is Veterans Day(U.S) and Remembrance Day(Canada). Veterans Day and Remembrance Day are also leap frogged into the ho ho ho.

I met this Veteran during a Veterans Day ceremony.

Veterans Day ceremony

"Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have. Veterans Day is a day we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have."

There, I've got this off my chest and I feel better now. As a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran myself, I give a heartfelt salute to all Veterans.
Nov. 5, 2011 10:03 am
Well said! Happy Veteran's Day to you and my Veteran husband too. Never forget~
Nov. 5, 2011 10:11 am
CookinArgentina, thank you and a happy Veterans Day to your husband.
Nov. 5, 2011 10:15 am
Great salute to our veterans bd. Thanks!
Nov. 5, 2011 11:42 am
Hear! Hear! Thank you for the reminder. It's because of the Veterans that we get to continue to have Thanksgiving! I have 3 children that are Navy Veterans. They all proudly served. Again, thanks!
Nov. 5, 2011 11:55 am
there are many people who forget what the military does for them 24 hours 7 days a week. Some people despise our military, It's a shame really. sure there are issues from time to time, but for the most part they do us proud. Many of the men and women of the military have allot of respect for life, honesty, and honer. there have been many men and women that have fallen to protect our freedom. I will always be proud of serving in the army.
Nov. 5, 2011 1:00 pm
Well said! My hat's off to all those that serve our country!
Nov. 5, 2011 1:15 pm
KingSparta, well said. Happy Veterans Day.
Nov. 5, 2011 1:24 pm
Nicely done. Thank you!
Nov. 5, 2011 1:39 pm
Magnolia Blossom, thank you and thanks for looking in.
Nov. 5, 2011 1:41 pm
Candice, tell your 3 children an old vet from AR says Happy Veterans Day.
Nov. 5, 2011 2:04 pm
Amen and God Bless all those who have stood for us, and for those who have fallen.
Nov. 5, 2011 2:07 pm
very well said bd! i COMPLETELY agree!
Nov. 5, 2011 2:16 pm
very well said bd! i COMPLETELY agree!
Nov. 5, 2011 2:42 pm
Hurray for the red, white and blue - - and Hurray for those that served so that we have the privilege to live and celebrate all holidays in a free country - - THANK YOU!!!!!
Nov. 5, 2011 2:54 pm
From the bottom of my heart I thank you for posting this and I thank ALL of our great men and women who have served us, still serve, and continue to serve. Without them, we would not be America. I am a Veteran Service Officer who helps every Vet that walks through my door every day..young, old, it does not matter..And I could not ask for a better, more rewarding, or fulfilling career. God Bless our Vets, and God Bless you bd..
Nov. 5, 2011 2:57 pm
Great reminder and thank you to all who serve.
Nov. 5, 2011 3:04 pm
Anissa, thank you. I have had the privilege of utilizing a Veterans Service Officer and would be completely lost without them. Thank you for your service.
Nov. 5, 2011 3:12 pm
Absolutely great post! Here's to the men and women who serve and have served our heartfelt thanks to you,my 86 year old dad, my husband and my son who is currently serving in the AirForce. We should never, ever forget or take for granted....
Nov. 5, 2011 3:33 pm
denise t, thank you and I salute your dad, husband and son for having served and serving.
Nov. 5, 2011 3:57 pm
bd.weld, Thank You for all that you have done for us and our country. And Thank You to all who have and who are serving right now. May God Bless All of you....and thank you again.
Nov. 5, 2011 4:53 pm
bd.weld, thank you for this wonderful blog. My father served in WWII and my beloved husband served in Vietnam. Thank you to all the men and women who serve so proudly. I love this youtube video. The children sing such a heartwarming song:
Nov. 5, 2011 5:21 pm
Shearone, it is indeed a heartwarming song, first time viewing for me. Nobody can sing it better than children.
Nov. 5, 2011 5:59 pm
It's fitting that you have included Canada's Rememberance Day, bd. So many of both countries have served and died together for the same cause. I had the great fortune of serving on a joint exercise and have often wondered where those men are now. But then, maybe, not knowing is the better. A salute back to you!
Nov. 5, 2011 7:46 pm
As a Girl Scout, my daughter will be participating in the Veteran's Day flag raising ceremony in our town. With any luck, my father who is a WWII veteran, will be in attendance. Thank you bd for bringing this to our attention! May God bless our veterans!
Nov. 5, 2011 9:25 pm
bd, as a Army Veitnam Veteran myself to you my brother.."welcome home"!To all other veterans I salute you all. With out these men and women we could not be who we are, no matter where we are.
Nov. 6, 2011 2:41 am
Cliff G, welcome home brother! I often wonder if you ever made those "Edible Inner Tubes."
Nov. 6, 2011 2:47 am
Mike Harvey, thanks for looking in. We can't forget our neighbors who stand for the same principles.
Nov. 6, 2011 5:13 am
Amen! Too often the really important things in this life are overlooked in the commercialism of the holidays.
Nov. 6, 2011 5:25 am
bd - Thank you for this blog and thank you for your service. Welcome Home and God Bless.
Nov. 6, 2011 5:51 am
Thank you for your service, bd! And you're right...we need to remember this holiday, for you, for my husband (another Vietnam vet) and the countless others that have chosen to serve our country...again, thank you! Great post!
Nov. 6, 2011 5:56 am
witchywoman, tell your husband "welcome home" for me.
Nov. 6, 2011 11:48 am
As the proud granddaughter, daughter, wife and mother of veterans (2 Army, 1 Air Force and 1 Marine) I thank you for making this point. And I offer a heartfelt thank you to the families who will not have their servicemen or women with them during the holidays. They sacrifice a great deal to support our military.
Nov. 7, 2011 4:54 am
Thank you bd for the reminder-veterans day is truly everyday- THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE AND CONTINUE TO SERVE, for all the sacrifices you have made, you are more appreciated than words can adequately express and we are most thankful.
Nov. 7, 2011 5:31 am
I wholeheartedly agree. My Grandfather was a West Point Grad who fought in the Pacific during WWII. My parents met at Aberdeen Proving grounds when my Grandfather & Father were both stationed there in the 50's. We have nothing but respect for the Vets of our country. Thank you.
Nov. 7, 2011 6:58 am
My husband is a 20 yr. vet and we still have close ties to the military community. Thank you for the timely reminder. We should never forget those who are protecting the freedom that we often take for granted.
Nov. 7, 2011 7:55 am
Well said! As a daughter of 2 veterans I am proud each and every day for what these men and women do for our country. Thank you for sharing and getting it off your chest! :)
Nov. 7, 2011 10:22 am
Amen! I work on an Air Force base and we have a group of Marines here as well. I love getting to say "Thank you" to them each and every day. Without their bravery and willingness to put themselves in harm's way to protect our freedoms, we would not have much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Well written, bd. weld. My most heart-felt thanks go out to you and to ALL veterans for keeping me and my family safe.
Nov. 7, 2011 10:47 am
Thank you to those who are serving or have served, including my Navy vet hubby too! We take pride in what you've done for us!
Nov. 7, 2011 11:37 am
A very, very important reminder of the importance of both of these holidays. Thank you so very much for your service to our country.
Nov. 7, 2011 12:33 pm
Thank you for mentioning Canada as well, in this timely blog post. My husband and our two kids will be at Remembrance Day services again this year, as every year. We do not take our freedom for granted. Our children will not, either.
Nov. 7, 2011 3:12 pm
Lovely blog, bd. Thanks so much for posting. God bless all military, veterans and families.
Nov. 7, 2011 3:27 pm
Thank you for your service! This holiday will become more and more personal to me as my daughter is actively persuing a Navy nurse ROTC scholarship where she will then serve for 5 years as a Naval nurse. When you ask me, around the Thanksgiving table, what I am thankful for I say (among other things) that I was lucky enough to be born in the United States. Thank you for reminding us about what is really important...
Nov. 7, 2011 4:33 pm
Agree ,our high school and middle schools each have programs .We invite all relatives that are Veterans and active duty.We also send invites to some assisted care facilities.I am in charge of this years M.S. program.I live in a huge city and the schools made the paper because we are one of the few schools in our city to have Veterans Day sad it is that way.My teens are so excited(so am I ) ,their older brother's new base is 3 hours away so he is attending.
Nov. 8, 2011 11:56 am
Well said! I spent 21 years as a military wife and was fortunate to keep company with so many incredibly brave and selfless people. Thank you for reminding us of how much we owe to these people!
Nov. 8, 2011 9:52 pm
Well said. My father was a veteran and it always bothered me how little respect he got, even though he sacrificed so much.
Nov. 8, 2011 11:57 pm
If only more Americans shared your perspective. Thank you!
Nov. 9, 2011 2:04 am
Hi, When I find a car, usually a truck for a young one or a car for an older one, with any markings denoting it as a military person, I quite often follow them. When they park, I go to them and shake their hand and tell them thank you and a heart felt, God Bless you. I have a special place in my heart for the Vietnam Vet, I guess, I graduated high school in '62, we lost some of our class. I have family in the Marine's, Air Force, Army. My niece did two tours in Iraz and my nephew did his Afganastan, twice. I fly my Stars and Stripes, have total respect for the men and women in uniform and honor them. I have been looked at quite strange when I go up to a car or truck which has a Purple Heart license plate or a decal denoting a Vet. nothing but love and respect for you, Veterans and those now in uniform. God bless you all. And I am not ashamed to say I get very teary eyed watching the Veretan's Day Parade. God Bless,
Nov. 9, 2011 2:07 am
Oh, forgot to add, and I always say, Welcome home. and to you, too. Welcome home.
Nov. 9, 2011 9:44 am
Kitten, thank you for the comments and the "welcome home." Many don't realize how much "welcome home" to a Vietnam Veteran means.
Nov. 9, 2011 4:53 pm
Agreed! I was surprised to see a Facebook thread of friends confused about their paychecks being dated tomorrow instead of Friday, and not understanding why. Then they concluded it must be a "bank holiday." Someone did set them straight, but it's sad that more of us don't stop to pay respect to those who put their lives on the line to protect a country and liberties we also often take for granted. Thank you for this important reminder - Respect the Veterans! And thank you and every veteran and those in the active military for your service. Welcome home.
Nov. 9, 2011 5:01 pm
Angie, thanks for looking in and thanks for the "welcome home."
Nov. 9, 2011 8:22 pm
From my heart and soul, Thank you and God bless always.
Nov. 10, 2011 6:06 am
bd.weld - I just wanted to stop in this morning - Veteran's Day - my brother is a Vietnam Vet too. I am picking up the phone and giving him a call, just to make sure he knows how thankful I am. I hope others do the same for the Vets they know.
Nov. 10, 2011 6:18 am
Thank you Baking Nana. Make sure you tell him "welcome home" for me. By the way Veterans Day is tomorrow 11-11-11.
Nov. 10, 2011 7:17 am
Thank goodness for the people who choose to do that for us. A very dear friend served in Vietnam and it affected him for life. He never spoke about it much except the time I took him to the VA hospital for a medical exam, and barely even then. Still I know it affected him.
Nov. 10, 2011 7:36 am
When I say it affected him I mean issues with alcohol etc. and violence. Yet he was such a kind decent man. I have lost track of him and my only idea of how to find him is his son in the service on a ship someshere.
Nov. 10, 2011 9:01 am
Thank you for getting that off your chest! You are so right. Much needed thanks are due. From other myself and my husband and to all the men and women out there...thank you.
Nov. 11, 2011 6:28 am
This is a very important day for all of us. Thanks for the post.
Nov. 11, 2011 8:08 am
To all that have posted comments: You have humbled one's heart and no doubt many others. Thank you.
Nov. 11, 2011 9:19 am
We attended a Veteran's day program at our local elementary school. The 3rd & 4th graders were asked to dress in R/W/B shirts as they sang several patriotic songs. The color Guard of the local Post participated, and a retired vet teacher spoke to the whole school,(K-4) at their level. One touching part of the program was this: the kids sang a medley of each of the service branches' songs, asking the attending vets (lots of g'parents) to stand during "their" song. The local cub scouts went to each standing vet, presenting them with a lapel pin, to honor them. The program ended with all singing the Star Spangled Banner. I was impressed!
Nov. 11, 2011 9:44 am
Mamaw, thank you for the touching post. I wish I could have been there.
Nov. 12, 2011 10:55 am
As the mother of a US Marine, daugher of an Army retiree, wife of a Vietnam Vet, step mother and mother in law of two Army Iraq war veterans, I want to THANK YOU and all of our brave service men and women for your service to our country.
Nov. 12, 2011 1:25 pm
Thank you for your service and thanks for writing this blog! We all need to be reminded every once in awhile, how much we have to be thankful for AND how we got it!
Nov. 12, 2011 2:29 pm
Thank you for this poignant post.
Nov. 12, 2011 5:57 pm
Happy Veteran's day, May GOD bless them and our great Country. thank you.
Nov. 13, 2011 4:50 am
Welcome home, BD. Having family that served in Vietnam, I was quickly humbled at the welcome home ceremony my Soldier's and I recieved when we returned from Afghanistan and the many Vietnam veteran's that joined our families to give us the welcome home they never had. I can not tell you how many times during our deployment that we reflected on the service of our predecessors and the utmost respect and admiration that we have for our Vietnam counterparts. Today, and everyday, welcome home.
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