Monday, November 11, 2013

For my father and all who have served on Veterans Day. . .

I am not a religious person, but a spiritual one. . . and yet, I pray. . .
I pray to the human spirit that one day, in the not too distant future,
compassion will always win out over fists, bombs and guns.

This is my father. . .

returning home from service in a MASH unit
Vietnam, Chu Lai, 1966 - 967. . .
how lucky we are that he came home.

This is the note that I wrote to him today, and the plaque for his bronze star that hangs on my son's wall here at my house:

This is an incredibly moving piece written by Laurie Halse Anderson today in the Huffington Post:

Read it and share it, then do more. Click on the links. Share the information. And donate, even $5 or $10 -- heck, even $1 -- to help a veteran who has done so very much for you.

With deepest gratitude to all who have served and continue to serve.

- gae


  1. It's a lovely post for your father, Gae. So many words are being written today, I saw Laurie's article earlier. Thank you for sharing about your dad.

  2. Thank you, Linda. I was really moved by Laurie's post to do something besides say thank you. <3

  3. What a beautiful tribute to your father. My father's 80th birthday was on Veteran's Day. He and I talked about following our passions for writing. I am so blessed to still have him in my life. Laurie's post is disturbing to me. So sad that there are so many people suffering because of war. I wish...
    One of my causes has been the Warrior Dog program that uses labs and goldens to give vets a new life.