Reflection On Memorial Day

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties

Reflection On Memorial Day

I'd be remiss if I didn't post at least once about Memorial Day.  It's more to me than just a three day weekend, because my husband was a career officer in the Air Force, his brother served for four years when he was fresh from high school many years ago, my other ex-brother-in-law was a career NCO, and my recently deceased father-in-law was a fighter pilot in World War II.

With a family like mine, one can't help but be proud that these men served in the military, along with countless others, to make this country a beacon for democracy.  But don't expect them to brag about what they did, because to most of them they were just doing their jobs.

O'Fallon Veterans Memorial

I would like to recognize Pop, my husband's dad, for the coming Memorial Day.  From what I've read about "the Greatest Generation," those humble men and women who served in WWII, Pop was typical.  He didn't brag about how many successful missions he flew, but mused about how many targets he missed instead.  It seems to be an unspoken oath among those who served in that war that they didn't talk about the heroic acts that happened.  It was enough that they served the country when badly needed, did their jobs, fed their families, and went back home when they were able.

To Pop, my husband, my brothers-in-law, and to those who served, active and retired, alive and departed, thank you.

05-24-2010

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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Yolanda, what a aspecial family and you can thank them all for me and tell them we appreciate everything they've done to help make this country a safe place for all the rest of us.

May 24, 2011 11:02 PM #1
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Marchel Peterson
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Yolanda, Freedom is not FREE!  My Dad drove a supply truck to the front line in World War II and it is just now at 93 years of age that he has finally told us some of the stories from those days.  Our son did two tours of Iraq and he does not talk about it much either.  You are right our military heros just serve us so we can be free.

May 24, 2011 11:03 PM #2
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Lois Davies
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Nice post Yolanda. .. My grandfather, who imigrated from Greece and fought for this Country, died from complications from mustard gas.  We live in a Great Country do to our armed services; they deserve out respect and prayers always.  Wishing you a beautiful weekend. 

May 25, 2011 09:55 AM #3
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Good morning, Leah.  Thank you, I will pass it on.  May our young men and women continue to serve this wonderful country.

May 25, 2011 09:56 AM #4
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Marchel, it's a fact that many don't realize, that freedom has a cost.  Please thank your dad and son for me...  they are good decent men, and they don't get thanked enough.  

May 25, 2011 10:36 AM #5
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Georgia, thank you for your kind words.  They will be the first to say that they were not that brave.  :)

I'm having lunch today with a group of women married to retired servicemen.  Some of them are widows, some are old enough to be my mom, but they still go to the monthly meetings to be with the other spouses.  Some of them still do volunteer work for the military and civilian communities.  I don't go as often as I'd like, but today I will enjoy their special brand of company.  Hugs back to you and be blessed!

May 25, 2011 10:42 AM #6
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Hi, Lois.  We are blessed to have men like your grandfather who believed in this country.  May our civilian leaders use our armed services for greater purpose.  Thank you for your thoughtful comment.  :)

May 25, 2011 10:47 AM #7
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May 25, 2011 10:59 AM #8
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Michelle Gibson
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Yolanda - Great Post!  I too have a lot of family and friends who have served.

May 25, 2011 12:28 PM #9
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Thank you, Nick!  :)

Hi, Michelle.  Thank you.  We're lucky to have known them!  :)

May 25, 2011 03:15 PM #10
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Steve and Jan Bachman
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This is beautifully written Yolanda. You captured the emotions of others when expressing your own.

May 25, 2011 05:49 PM #11
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Thank you for your kind words, Steve.  :)

May 25, 2011 09:25 PM #12
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David Popoff
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You all have a great weekend and celebrate how fortunately we are to live in this great country with such dedicate folks as the veterans.

May 27, 2011 05:37 PM #13
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Thank you, David.  We owe a lot to them.  Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

May 27, 2011 06:25 PM #14
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The unassuming and quite valor that our men and women in uniform exhibit every day should the standard to which we all aspire.

May 28, 2011 09:39 AM #15
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Karl, indeed!  Thank you for your service to this great country.  You deserve a break this Memorial Day weekend!

 

May 28, 2011 05:12 PM #16
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Alice Linahan
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Yolando,

Thank you for sharing the blessings of your amazing family with us this memorial weekend!! 

May 29, 2011 02:00 PM #17
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Hello, Alice! You're welcome... they and the others, past and present, deserved the recognition. :)

Great to see you around here again, my friend.

P. S. I see that you tagged this blog on FB, I truly appreciate that. Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

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