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Day 11 – Thankful for the Veterans in my Life

It seems only fitting, whether cliche or not, that on this day, Veteran’s Day, that I write my #CrazyThankful post about how much I am thankful for the veterans in my life.

I touched on some of this in my Veteran’s Day Activities post, but today I want to talk about the veterans in my life and how they have each touched me and fought for our freedom. I’m terrible with history and knowing the full stories, but I’m going to piece together what I know and tell you about the heroes in my life on this Veteran’s Day.

Granny and Papa {Northampton, England}

My Papa

My grandfather, my dad’s dad, was in the Army and stationed in London as a clerk when he met my grandmother. He quickly fell in love and married her and brought her over to the United States. I told their overseas love story when I talked about my connection to London a couple of years ago. My grandfather didn’t like to talk much about his time in the service, but he was a strong independent man and he taught my dad how to be a man. He taught me about love and sitting on Papa’s lap and telling bedtime stories and drinking Nestle’s Quik. He taught me that you love everyone, no matter what, and that you are kind at all times.

My Brother

He’s my step-brother and he’s a hard nut to crack, but I love him just the way my grandpa and dad taught me to. He served in the Air Force for eight years and became a Staff Sergeant. He just recently left the service and is enjoying his civilian life. He and I grow apart and together at times, but I know that he knows that I love him and that’s all that matters. I’m proud of what he’s done in the service and out and I wish him the best of luck.

My Stephanie

This is one of my un-biological sisters. She is a hero of mine for so many strong reasons. I *think* she served in the Army (but it could have been another armed forces) and this was long before I met her. When I met her, she and I were working for Child Protective Services together and we became instant friends. We live states away from each other now, but we talk kind of regularly. We have depression in common and our wonderful husbands, but what I remember the most about her is her spirit. She was always upbeat and happy about her life. She was a single mom of three small children when I met her and I babysat for her at times. Those kids were the light of her life and they still are, along with her grandbabies. I miss her so much and the fun times we shared and I just know that if we lived closer together, we would be best friends all over again!

I know there are people I should be honoring in this post that I’m missing, but this is who I wanted to highlight. My sister has a few nephews who I knew as young boys who are now active in the military. I have friends who have husbands or wives who are either active or are on reserves. There are men and women out there every day fighting for our freedom and I want to honor them as well. I have to stay true to me and this is who I chose this year in this post. Today – I am thankful for the veterans in my life.

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Who are the veterans in your life?


  1. I have a long line of Veterans in my family too! My grandfathers, my dad, my uncles, my aunts, some cousins, in-laws and the list goes on!
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  2. Erin says:

    Oh a huge thank you to the veterans in your family! What a blessing they are!
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  3. Kriste says:

    I hope they know how much we appreciate their service.
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  4. Thank you to your family <3. My family is filled with Vets and those who are still serving and I am so thankful for everything they have done.
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  5. A huge thanks to the men and women you have in your life who are/have served our country! <3
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  6. What a sweet tribute to the veterans in your life. It was great to read about them. My grandfather’s were both veterans too (one Army, one Navy) and I am so thankful for our military and what they have done for our country.
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  7. Pam says:

    I have a lot of veterans in my life. There would be too many to list them all but the two most important are my dad who is retired Air Force and my husband who is currently in the Coast Guard.
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  8. How nice! Thank you to those in your family who have served and may God bless them :)

  9. What a lovely post honoring your veterans! I am so grateful for those who serve/have served!

  10. I am always so thankful for the veterans in my life. I saw the hashtag being used #DareToServe, and it really struck me. It takes a special kind of person to be willing to give of yourself.
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  11. Scott says:

    My grandfather was a WWII veteran. Saw a lot of action in Europe, but fortunately (for me) made it home alive!
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  12. What a sweet way to honor the Veterans in your life. I have had relatives and loved ones in every war since WWII so I have a special relationship with Veterans Day as well.
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  13. What a beautiful way to thank the veterans in your life. My grandfather is a WWII veteran and I love all the stories that he shares with us.
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  14. I’m so proud and thankful for all veterans, they deserve an pledge like a hero.
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  15. What a touching story and a beautiful tribute to those who fought to make your life better. That is truly admirable and although I don’t believe that in the concept of war your family were incredibly brave.
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  16. I have many veterans in my family and I am proud of each and every one of them. They really don’t talk about it at all and I don’t ask. If they want to talk-I’m here. I’m thankful for each and every veteran out there and the one’s currently serviing and let’s not forget those loyal canine’s who go off to war as well.
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  17. Alison says:

    Definitely something to be thankful for!! I have a lot of veterans in my family as well and I cherish each and every one, and the fact that they all came home.
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  18. It was great reading about your family members. My grandfather served in the Army as well as my dad. And my baby brother is a captain in the Air Force so we are a family that loves out military too 😉
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  19. This is a beautiful tribute to your veterans. I loved reading the story of your grandparents meeting! My husband and I went to London for our honeymoon and loved it there!
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