Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Veterans Day - "Your" Story {contest}

Veterans Day-

A day for all Veterans...
to be remembered,
to be honored,
to be heard.

A day...
to share their stories,
to honor their friends left on foreign soil,
to shed a tear and raise a glass.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs made a great video for this year, check it out: video
There is a TON of great information on the site as well, so be sure to check it out when you're done here.

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Personally...
I love helping out and volunteering, but mainly I love sitting down with Veterans. Most recently my family and I had the opportunity to visit the Marine Corps Museum- while we were there we took the WWII Iwo Jima Beach Landing Attraction, and at the end...

We met Private Franks, survivor of the Iwo Jima Landing! The picture of him storming the beach is the first thing you see when you exit the attraction, accompanied with maps and group photos of the 4th Marine Division (his). The story he told us was amazing and heart wrenching. Loading the amphibious landing boat, storming the beach, his feelings during war, by the end of his story we had learned he was the only survivor from his platoon, the only one! Imagine living through that, he volunteers at the museum. He shares his story to be a living testimony to those who fought for us that fateful day.

I simply cannot get enough of stories like that.
Men & women who lived through history, lived through tragedy, and overcame the impossible!

It makes me miss my grandpa so much, he would never talk about his experiences from WWII, I do understand why though- he was blown out of a fox-hole and knocked unconscious for a week, his buddy on the right lost both legs, the other was simply not there after wards. He was away from my grandma for 2yrs+, when he returned my uncle was almost 2yrs old! I wish he were still here. I wish she was still here. They were amazing people. They would have loved my husband.

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I want to hear your stories.
Who has made an impact on your life with their story?
Grandparents, Parents, Aunts/Uncles, Siblings.
Share your Veterans story with us.


I'll even throw in a "prize"
Vintage WWII Post cards from the Women's Memorial... at Arlington Cemetery.

"RULES"

  1. Please write your Veterans' Story as a blog post and link it back to this post... via:



  2. Please make sure to comment this post telling me you've entered.
  3. The contest will close at 12 midnight (EST) on November 11th, 2010.
  4. All of the entries will then be posted in a new blog entry for voting to begin.
  5. Voting will go until Wednesday November 17th, 2010.
  6. Thursday November 18th, 2010 a winner will be announced.

I really hope people will "enter" this contest, I want to hear your stories- rather their stories through you.

Give the Veterans a 2nd voice.
Help them be heard.

3 comments:

  1. I entered! Well, actually it's more of a picture than a story so if you don't want to count it that's ok!

    http://theliberatolifestyle.blogspot.com/2010/11/veterans-day.html

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  2. Done (: I used an old guest blog entry and modified as it was exactly what I wanted to say!

    Hope that is ok.

    http://mymarineandme.blogspot.com/2010/11/veterans-day.html

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