Welcome to Blog Tour de Troops, and thanks for joining us on this blog hop! You should have joined me from Shannon Muir’s Blog. This is the last tour stop today — it will resume tomorrow at Rachel Thompson’s blog.
Ray Vincent: You don’t support the war?
Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: I support the men fighting it.
— NCIS 5.10 Corporal Punishment
When I was in middle school, we sent troops into the first Gulf War. My dad was still in the Massachusetts National Guard at the time, and I can remember worrying that he would be sent over to fight. He reassured me that the war wouldn’t last long enough. He was right.
Fast-forward 20 years, and there’s a whole group of teenagers who have a different experience. After 10 years at war, National Guard and Reserve soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines all over the country have been deployed and re-deployed and re-deployed. Teachers, lawyers, mechanics, farmers, police officers… One town in my area saw its only full-time police officer called up and sent overseas. Back home, families and communities have stretched to cover the gaps left behind. For many, those gaps were temporary. For others, they became permanent.
Ten years ago, on Veterans Day, thousands of our troops from all branches were serving overseas, many fighting back just two months after the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Young men and women enlisted, some right out of high school and others who decided to change paths, to step into the line of fire because they felt called to do so. They knew some of them would not return, and many did not, including one of my high school classmates. Countless of those who did return, as well as those who still serve, were changed forever by what they saw. Some have left the service, by choice or by circumstance. Some have stayed, either on active duty or as reservists.
Two months ago, we paused to remember those lost on 9/11. We marked the changes in our lives during the past decade. This Veterans Day, we can take a moment as well to pause and remember the veterans who have served, from World War II through the present, and the soldiers, sailors and Marines still serving around the globe. Whether we support this war or we don’t, whether we supported past wars or opposed them, on this Veterans Day weekend, we come together to thank the men and women who fought for us in the past and who fight for us today.
Thanks to Gubbie, David Jr., Grampy, Dad, Tom, Uncle Bill, Michael, Adam and Clark for your service in the Army, Navy, National Guard, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines.
In memory of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Rob Pirelli, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and FHS Class of 1996. June 16, 1978-Aug. 15, 2007
Leave a Comment, Get A Book
Did you know that eBooks are the No. 1 care package item requested by U.S. troops? Leave a comment on this post and you’ll receive a free Thrown Out ebook – AND for every comment, I’ll give a free eBook to a servicemember on active duty.
During Memorial Day weekend, Tour de Troops authors gave 10,000 books to U.S. troops. This Veterans Day, with your help – just by leaving a comment — we can give even more!
Come Back Tomorrow For More Fun
Please check back tomorrow at Rachel Thompson’s blog to continue touring.
The Tour de Troops blog hop started Friday, Veterans Day, and lasts through Monday, Nov. 14. Between now and then, you have a chance to collect 50 — yes 50 – FREE ebooks. If you lose your way, stop by the IBC blog, where you’ll find a list with URLs of all 50 blogs.
Please remember to leave a comment – and your email address — so I can send a coupon for your free copy of Thrown Out: Stories from Exeter. If you have a specific soldier, sailor or Marine you want to designate the second copy for, please leave his or her name (with your email address) in the comment box. Also, thanks to sponsor Fresh Pot of Tea, who provided a review of Thrown Out. And if you are on active duty, reserve or a veteran, thank you for all that you’ve done.