Today is a day to remember those who have fought for us. I believe all Americans have been touched by a Veteran. Today we need to say thank you.NOT TO KEEPby Robert Frost (1917)They sent him back to her. The letter came
Saying... And she could have him. And before
She could be sure there was no hidden ill
Under the formal writing, he was in her sight,
Living. They gave him back to her alive—
How else? They are not known to send the dead—
And not disfigured visibly. His face?
His hands? She had to look, and ask,
“What was it, dear?” And she had given all
And still she had all—they had—they the lucky!
Wasn’t she glad now? Everything seemed won,
And all the rest for them permissible ease.
She had to ask, “What was it, dear?”
Yet not enough. A bullet through and through,
High in the breast. Nothing but what good care
And medicine and rest, and you a week,
Can cure me of to go again.” The same
Grim giving to do over for them both.
She dared no more than ask him with her eyes
How was it with him for a second trial.
And with his eyes he asked her not to ask.
They had given him back to her, but not to keep.
I don't remember one of my grandfathers. My mother's father, Richard Harvey...but he fought in WWI. I remember his picture, looking so handsome in his uniform standing outside of a tent. So young. So brave. But that picture is so vivid in my memory. He died when I was just a baby. I hated that I never got to know him, but he lived on in the stories my grandmother would tell me.
My father was a Marine. He instilled in me my love of history and the loyalty that there wasn't a better branch of the military than the Marines. Did you grow up knowing the Marine's Hymn....
From the Halls of MontezumaMy nephew, Drew, is going to be graduating next May from the Navy Academy. I'm sure each of us has our own connections and stories to a Veteran.
To the shores of Tripoli:
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.
We have so much to be thankful for in this country, because someone was brave enough to fight for our freedoms. Thank you to all Veterans.
I'm sitting here writing this blog listening to Lee Brice singing 'I'll Drive Your Truck.'
My father taught me so much growing up. He taught me the meaning of patriotism. He taught me to respect those who lay their lives on the line for us. I guess that's why I love history.
Probably the reason I have a total fascination with the American Revolution. My series, Winds of Betrayal, comes from that fascination.
I'm putting together a bundle of the series for Christmas. Coming in 2014, The Heavens Shall Fall will be released. It is the climax of the previous books. I don't think you will be disappointed if you have followed along with the series.
Have a great Veteran's Day!
(I'm not certain who to credit for writing the Marines Hymn. I take it the verses have been changed a few times, but I got the lyics for the Marines Hymn from the USMC webpage.)