Veterans Day 2012: Gratitude For Your Service

Grateful For You

Difficult Shoes To Fill
Difficult Shoes To Fill

Honoring Our Service Men and Women

There is a very dear friend of mine, his name is Ron Martin. Ron is more than the average guy in many ways but on veterans day he always remembers those who served in the United States Military Armed Forces. Ron never lets me forget how important it is to honor those who have given their time, resources or in some cases their lives for the liberties we share today.

Ron is not only a friend and former warrant officer, (he flew helicopters and was part of one of the earlier Apollo recovery missions and that's a whole story of its own) but he is a man who you can trust for the integrity of his word and because he is, I value his friendship greatly.

On Veterans Day however, Ron represents everything I think of when I think of those men and women who, in the face of adversity did what had to be done, when it had to be done and sometimes when it wasn't popular to do it, like in Vietnam for example.

The primary reason for this hub is just to say thank you! Thank you to my friend Ron, and to all those who have served, in conflict or not, and I want to express my deepest gratitude for those families who have experienced the ultimate sacrifice. I cannot imagine the range of emotions they must live with and to this day I feel and overwhelming sense of gratefulness for their service.

Asheville, NC Remembers

Kimberly St - Asheville, NC - Veterans Day 2012
Kimberly St - Asheville, NC - Veterans Day 2012

Thank You Too - Asheville, NC

As a testimony to others who feel the same way I do, I have included this photo of a flag lined street in Asheville, NC. When I awoke this morning I ate breakfast as I normally do on my weekend off. Traveling up the tree lined road along the golf course towards the gym, I noticed a flag...then another...then another and I then looked up the street and as far as I could see there were...flags. My heart began to beat a special type of beat. I was full. My eyes welled full with tears of joy and sadness. My town was observing Veterans Day 2012 like I had never experienced before.

I just want to say thank you Asheville, NC for saying "Thank You" to our service personnel! I am truly grateful for all of you!

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All Comments regarding our service men and women are welcome! 18 comments

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

There is not a doubt why I like you, Bruce! You speak from the heart my friend; you allow your emotions to bubble over, and you are appreciative of life. Life is good, my friend, and I greatly appreciate your friendship.

Blessings and peace to you, today and always.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thanks Billy,

I know our troops are there for us and we must continue to be vigilant for them!

Thank you also for being a part of my world. I treasure your support...but not as much as your heart and writing! Dude, you continue to teach me. Sometimes it frustrates me that I haven't yet learned how to express it as effectively as you do...but like you, I'm going to continue to speak and write as long as I have a tongue and fingers!

I keep saying I'm a catalyst. That's my role. To get others to see the tremendous opportunities they have in grace and gratitude.

We'll just continue to do it together in our own ways.

Thank you my friend!



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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Bruce ~ Very nice in memorial message and the flags dotting the road really send a message for this day. Blessings, Debby

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Bruce, Thank you for sharing Ron with us. Our soldiers are appreciated each and every day, at least on my planet they are. Awesome hub tribute! :)

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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Debby and Sunshine!

Thank you for the read and the comment. Most of all, thank you for supporting those who give more than asked. I am grateful for you both!



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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

We all owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women in our Armed Forces and should show our gratitude every day. Your friend Ron is lucky to have you for a friend.

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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you lrc7815!

Every one of us has something to offer this world. Sometimes we find out what it is and use it for everybody's benefit and some of us never find out at all!

Thank you for the read and the comment I greatly appreciate it!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Thank you for this Bruce. I have such a love and respect for our men and women in uniform.....We have to do better by them...all of us. But especially the government.

They give this country their all at all times. There can be only pure shame and disdain ...if we do not help them and their families to the very best of this country's abilities!.....Wonderful hub, Bruce........UP+++

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

I applaud both you and the town of Ashville for honoring our dedicated veterans. We can never say thank you loud enough but you did a great job!

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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

You know Paula, I know RHIP (Rank Has Its Privilege) but please explain the logic behind government officials bennies as compared to that of a combat veteran of any rank? I just think our priorities are askew!

In any case, thank you for supporting our guys and girls in uniform...Oh, and me too! I'm truly grateful!

Peace to you and to yours!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thanks LRC,

We may be a conglomeration of hippies and hucksters but, this is one great place to live!

See ya on the next hub and thank you for reading and commenting.



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ImKarn23 4 years ago

patriotism is a beautiful thing, Bruce..

my heart started beating faster as i read this..

peace, my friend

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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Leslie,

Maybe next time I'll find a way to be...Poetically Patriotic!

I know what it's like to have to be away from home and my heart will always go out to those who make a sacrifice to keep us free.

Thank you for being you!

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A great tribute and reminder to all of us to remember the ones who serve now and in the past.

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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you xstatic!

I'm amazed when I see excellence in any form and all too often we just walk on by. Couldn't do that here. They deserve it!

I'm grateful for your comment!

Peace be with you!

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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Bruce -

We simply cannot think our service men and women enough. (My father retired after 22 years in the Air Force.) We should be grateful all the time, but especially on Veteran's Day. We should honor and remember them. Thank you for helping us do that. And thank you to Asheville for honoring our veterans. Blessings. Sharing. ~~Theresa

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Kosmo 4 years ago from California

I also wrote a hub about veterans, in particular my brother-in-law, now deceased, who was shot up in Nam back in '68. I will always value his call to duty and sacrifice. Thanks for the hub. Later!

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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

My deepest condolences and gratitude!

Thank you Kozmo, for reading and commenting. Words will never be enough. The only thing that is acceptable to peace.

Take care my friend and keep writing!

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