(Photo taken by Susan Wicker is of a body of water, at sunset, in Western Massachusetts)
Today, Veterans Day, is a bittersweet holiday.
It's so filled with memories, many of them sad.
Of course, we honor all veterans on this day, those who are still living and those who have gone to the other side of life.
My late father was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was in the Infantry but he didn't really like to talk about it all that much.
I think he saw and participated in many war horrors and never got over some of them.
That's what war does to a gentle, loving human being. It hammers the heart and makes lasting marks.
Today, I feel immense gratitude to be able to live in this country and experience all the freedoms that veterans, including my Daddy, so valiantly fought to preserve.
How can I ever pay them back for all their sacrifices?
Well, one way is to be the best possible citizen and to continue serving others whenever possible.
When I hear the National Anthem and see the American flag waving in the breeze, it always chokes me up and makes my eyes overflow with tears.
Our flag at home is up and flying from our front porch.
Today, we'll remember and give thanks to veterans with all our hearts.
p.s. Thanks, Daddy. Someday we will meet again and I'll give you a great big bear hug.
What a happy day that will be!
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