Al and Cal Homes and Community: Thank A Veteran

Thank A Veteran

Thank A Veteran

We think of our veterans 365 days of the year, but don't often take the time to say thanks.   Veterans Day, November 11 is the one day of the year that America marks for doing just that.

Growing up in the late 50's and early 60's as children we had a healthy respect for Veterans.  The country as a whole had a great respect for it's Veterans.   After all everyone's Dad and some Mom's were Veterans.   Most of us didn't hear much of their service, but as I said in previous posts, I felt as a child as if I was a Marine because you know, in my family we learned things all Marine.   

My brother and I and our friends used to play "Army" around the streets and woods of our neighborhood.   It was something that was not frowned upon at the time.  We played "combat and rat patrol" (TV series back then).  We grew up looking at Veterans as heroes.    They were role models.    Of course, at the time we were just kids.  

We became teenagers in the late 60's and early 70's.    Vietnam was gearing up and in full swing.    We watched the TV nightly, saw body counts and heard of the battles and other horror stories.    By now, there were protests all over the country.   Many of those friends that we played "combat" with were on one side of the fence or another.   Facing the enemy.. or openly protesting the war.     My male friends were always wondering when their number would come up and what they would do when it did.  Watercolor Frances Palmieri

It was a far different climate during that time.   Respect for folks in uniform was at an all time low.     You didn't see many, if any, folks thanking those Veterans for service to their country.  The country was deeply divided.   Some military personal, while wearing their uniforms were spat on by protesters.  It was a trying time.  One that we should not forget and that taught us a lesson.

I think in part because of that lesson and horror of 911, Veterans of subsequent conflicts and wars are treated with a renewed respect.   And rightly so. 

My Dad wears his Iwo Pin proudly.  One day along time ago, a random young guy came up to him and said, "Thank you for your service!"    My Dad smiled warmly and said "You are welcome, young man".   It brought a tear to my eye then and it does now when I think of that one tiny moment in my life.   

What I learned from that one small interchange was that it is never too late to say Thank you.  It doesn't have to be on Veterans Day that we do it either.    But, November 11 is the day Americans set aside for voicing our appreciation.  

Thanks for your service...   Thanks for your sacrifice....    Thanks for standing up for the rest of us...Thanks being for the role models that you are...

    Thank you!


P.S.   As a country we owe it to these folks that stand tall for all of us to keep their benefits in place and to take care of them when they need our help.    That, is the least we can do.

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty

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Comment balloon 13 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • November 07 2011 10:37AM

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I learned to say thank you to our service men and women when working around the G. Gordon Liddy radio show.  Those were words that came out of his mouth every time he spoke with a veteran.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 7 years ago

Carol Ann....another beautifully written post....what a nice post to read and a tribute to all veterans....suggested.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 7 years ago

I live in an area where there are about 6 bases within 100 miles. Everyday I hear the sound of freedom overhead. I see and say thanks to the military all the time. Thanks for the service!! 

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Chris Ann.   That must have been something!    Thank you!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Hi Barbara.   Thank you for reading.   I appreciate it and the suggest.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Hi Bill.  I love that... the sound of freedom overhead.    Thank you.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Carol,

Thank you for writing this excellent blog with Veterans Day on this coming Friday. None of us as far as I am concerned can ever thank these Veterans enough for sacrifices all of them have made. I grew up with draft lottery number system and I know exactly what you are talking about. I had several of my fraternity brothers who got seriously injured in Vietnam or did not come back. The reality of war struck me many years before it became more acceptable to be grateful o our Vets once again. I hope everyone out there takes the time to thank at least one Veteran on or before Friday and for that matter thank them at any point in time as it is so important.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 7 years ago

True that my friend. It's a great reminder and we should all remember to thank every veteran we meet for their service and sacrifice. Look at other countries - we're very lucky people. Good job Cal - you just described my childhood too.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 7 years ago

Hi Bob.    It was a trying time, the Vietnam era.   Like you, So many of my friends did not come back or if they did they were forever changed.   Thank you for your comments.  I appreciate you reading and thank you for your thoughts.   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Hi Debb.  You are so correct.  We are very lucky to live here.   I knew you and I were kindred spirits!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Hi Nancy.    I appreciate you reading and thank you for your comment!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Active Rain Wall Of Honour GroupCarol  - Nov 11th is a day both our countries take time to honour and remember those who have served all have given some and some have given their all ..... we will remember and we will honour

 

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

Hi Kathy.   Yes, Thank you.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

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