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,

Janice

About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 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 children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. 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 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, 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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