Honoring All Veterans

by Vickie Kulp October 30, 2018 2 min read

 Veteran's Day is November eleven. It is a day to honor all those who have served in our country's military. Originally called Armistice Day to honor those who died while in the military, it was changed to Veteran's Day in 1954 to pay tribute to all veterans in all wars. 

 I'm proud of my family members who served in different branches of this nation's military. Some are in the photo below. My father enlisted in the Navy right after graduating in 1945. After his discharge from the Navy he was drafted to the Army. My two uncles served in the Navy. Three of my cousins were in the military too. One was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq I believe. She is pictured in a chair that once belonged to Saddam Hussein. I also know of an ancestor, my great great grandfather who fought in many battles of the Civil War. In the photo below on top row is my father in the Navy and in the Army. Middle row is my great great grandfather, my grandfather's brother and my cousin. Bottom row is my two uncles.

 

During WWII a popular way to let it be known that family members were serving in the military was to hang a service flag in a window. This was a flag that had a blue star signifying a member in the service. There were flags with more than one star if multiple members were enlisted. A gold star meant the person died during their service.  These flags became popular again when the Gulf War was being fought and are still being displayed for family members currently in the service.

 

Since my grandparents had three sons in service at the same time, they hung service flags in their windows. I have their flags (photos above). Although they are frail and have moth damage, I can imagine my grandmother hanging the flags in her windows. I know she was very proud but also very worried to have all three of her children serving their country. Pictured below is my father and grandmother. 

There are other patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day and Flag Day to name just a few. I have several patriotic flags that I hang out on these holidays. Flagsrus.org has a big selection of patriotic flags and other items.

So always be ready to celebrate a patriotic holiday! 


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