Celebrating Veterans – Thank you for your service!

I want to say a large ‘THANK YOU’ to all Veterans for their service and sacrifice in order for all of us to live free. God Bless You All!

On our way to Aruba we had a stop in Baltimore. It so happens there was a plane that arrived there that was to be our next flight to take us to Aruba. On this plane were Veterans from WWll, Vietnam, and even the Korean War. We watched in awe as these heroes came off the plane and were greeted by some cadets from the local schools. They clapped and shook hands with each veteran bringing tears to the eyes of many including me. This plane was flown by another veteran who along with a group of others arranged for these veterans to come to Baltimore to be dined and honored for their service to their country in a special celebration.

I was honored to be there to see these men and women who served their country so bravely, some losing limbs during their time. Since it is Veteran’s Day I thought it was a perfect time to share these photos.

Cadets’ hats stacked up as they waited in line at the gate to honor the Veterans.
One of the women volunteers who arranged this trip to honor the Veterans at this dinner.
A Town Cryer who was dressed in garb and announced each Vet as he/she came off plane.
Cadets line up to greet and honor arriving Vets.
Vets being honored by cadets in Baltimore
Disabled Vets being honored in Baltimore
More Vets being honored in Baltimore
Vets being honored by cadets

It was a moving tribute to see the faces of the Vets and Cadets as they shook hands and each Vet grew emotional at being honored in this way. All of us who were there waiting for the next leg of our trip were also emotional as we observed this wonderful ceremony. It made me think of my father who was a Marine serving during WWll. He received a Purple Heart. He would have been proud to see how other Vets were treated with such respect and warmth. We clapped until our hands were sore for there were many Veterans on this plane. Some walked while others had to ride in wheelchairs. I will never forget the feeling as I snapped all these photos and had to capture this day in my blog to share with others.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you enjoyed this moving tribute as much as I did. The tears are still ready to fall as I remember the expressions of gratitude and pride on the faces of both the Cadets and Vets as they mingled afterward.

May God bless our Veterans! Thank you all for your unselfish service to your country! We appreciate all that you sacrificed in order for us to live free!

Blessings & Hugs,


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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9 Responses to Celebrating Veterans – Thank you for your service!

  1. What an amazing experience and beautiful tribute to your veterans, Janice.

  2. Darlene says:

    What a special thing to witness. Perfect for Nov 11th.

  3. macjam47 says:

    This is an amazing and inspiring post, Janice. xoxo

  4. Jennie says:

    How wonderful to be ‘there’ when such a great moment is happening. What an experience. Thank you for sharing this, Janice. ❤️🇺🇸😀

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