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Made in the USA

I’m proud to be an American and even prouder that my father, step-father, step-sister and my nephews have, and or are, serving our country. I want to take this chance to thank each of you for your unwavering dedication, your faithfulness and loyalty, your willingness to sacrifice even though it means being away from those you love, in order to give your life to serve our country.

Veterans Day

I believe we as Americans have less freedom than we had before but that’s not because you haven’t given it your all to protect and to try to preserve America as it was when we truly were the land of the free. It is not through any fault of yours that we as Americans are losing our liberties. I will continue to love this nation and pray for our leaders because obviously they need our prayers more than anyone else at the moment.

Today, I give pause to thank not only those in my family who have and who are serving in this time of war and conflict, but to each and every Veteran who earned the title Veteran. Americans owe you much more than we give in return. Our leaders owe you much more than they give in return. You believed in our nation enough to fight for it and the freedom we once had and I would hope that despite how things are playing out, and anyone who reads the Bible knows the outcome of what will be and what is to be, that you would still have made the choice to defend America, our land that was once free.

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12 Comments

  1. Jeanine

    January 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

    What a great post! I think it’s so important to be proud of who you are and where you come from. I’m not American, but I think it’s great to honor those serving and appreciate all we have.

  2. Yona Williams

    January 6, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I have a great respect for those that serve our country…I think many people take it for granted and don’t realize just how much the ripples affect an entire family or community. My best friend (and her husband) served many times in Iraq and Afghanistan. The second time, my best friend volunteered to go back. If you would have told me that she would have been in the military when we were younger, I would have never believed it. I admire her for all that she has done. She’s seen a lot, and I can tell. It’s an experience that definitely stays with you, and some veterans are not able to fully return to ‘normal’ life. Very sad how many are treated. I’m very happy that she is back, is safe, and was able to start and grow the family she’s always wanted.

  3. Michelle Hwee

    January 5, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    What a great post honoring America. I think the problems we have today are because we are so large, diverse and different from any other country. My step-cousin is going into the Navy very soon, I have so much admiration and inspiration for those who have served our country. A big thank you to yours that have served/are currently serving as well!

  4. Sky

    January 5, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I think it’s so important to take a moment to stop, think about, and thank our veterans – every day of the year, not just on those holidays dedicated to them. My philosophy in life has been that while I may not believe in a war, I will always respect those who fight. It’s such an honor to have so many wonderful veterans in my life.

  5. Natalie

    January 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I, too, am thankful for the sacrifices that military members and families make everyday. My grandfather served in the Navy in World War II, and his service was one of the things that he was most proud of–he loved sharing those experiences with my sister, my cousins and I. Please thank your family members for their service!

  6. Jamie | North of Something

    January 5, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Being proud of one’s country is a great thing. Freedoms are always bought with a price and thank goodness there are those willing to pay that price, while others demand them at not cost to themselves. Thank you for your appreciation to the men and women who choose to make sacrifices every day, and especially for the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice.

  7. Jeanine

    January 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

    This is wonderful! I’m not American, I’m Canadian but do feel the same way! My grandparents served and it’s an amazing feeling. Your American troops are amazing hero’s and I see it on the news all the time, it brings tears to my eyes hearing all the stories! I too would be proud! You guys have amazing troops and that’s a wonderful thing!

  8. Brianna K

    January 5, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I agree! I, too, have a lot of respect for the people who volunteer their lives every day to fight for our freedoms. Without them, we would not have the amazing lives and opportunities we have now. I am not brave enough to make such a sacrifice, but truly appreciate those who do. Thank you veterans and those still in the military!

  9. Marysa

    January 5, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I appreciated reading your thoughts. I think people get so caught up in their lives and don’t take a moment to appreciate so many things that we take for granted. It is easy for people to forget that there are people actively working to protect our country and all the sacrifices that have been made.

    My daughter’s school had a very moving Veteran’s day ceremony this year, it was touching and very thoughtful for them to put together such a nice program.

  10. Giveaways 4 Mom

    January 5, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I am also proud to be an American. I can agree that we have less freedom than in prior years today. Also, I am very grateful for all of the men and women in the army who protect our country.

  11. Jessica @ sprinkle Some Sugar

    January 5, 2015 at 8:40 am

    This is such a beautiful post. It’s always nice to see people taking out time to give thanks to our brave veterans! I, too have family who have served as a veteran.

  12. Samantha Angell

    January 5, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Thank you for your great words! Both of my grandfathers also served in the military. Like you mentioned, we may not have as many freedoms as we used to- but really, isn’t it worth giving up the little things for the overall idea of being free? Thank you to your family members that previously have or are currently serving. It is their work that keeps this country free!

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