Salute to our Veterans – Veteran’s Day 2009


Happy Veteran’s Day!My family is very grateful for our veteran’s service and sacrifice, and we know what this day truly means. I can’t imagine how our country would be without you, your veteran’s courage, honor, and sacrifice throughout our nation’s history.

To not only my Rattler and Firebird Veterans and friends (I love you all, brothers), but to all Veterans, including active duty military, know that our family STANDS TALL FOR YOU! We honor you this Veteran’s Day for the true heroes you are. May our children’s children and on down the line never forget our valiant heroes sacrifices. Thank you veterans.

Last year I wanted to post something special for you all, a special prayer actually so I asked a dear friend of ours, Chaplain (Col) William “Whiz” Broome, for his help. Here is his prayer for you all. Thank you, Whiz! It’s such a powerful and beautiful prayer that I’m reposting it again this year (and probably every year).
11 NOV 2008

I would like to begin my prayer with a quotation by Mark Twain that I believe captures the ideal of the military patriot on this day of honor and remembrance for our Veterans:

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

Almighty Father, Our Protector and Defender,

We seek Your divine blessing upon our Veterans and their families as we set aside this day to remember and honor their sacred service. They braved the hardships, the danger and the sacrifice, in the highest example of our Lord, to bring the bounty of freedom’s harvest to an anxious world. No tyrant was ever too strong or to powerful for the Veteran to vanquish in the name of liberty and justice for all.

They fought the foe on ships that set to sea; no land was ever won or held without the Soldier’s sacrifice; brave aviators trod the high untresspassed sanctity of space, put out their hands and touched the face of God. Each one is a hero, each one suffering a wound, many of which are never seen.

We thank our Patriots for their vision, their heart felt acts of bravery and courage, and especially for those who paid with their very lives that we might live in the light of free will and sovereignty. Father, be with those who are serving today, at home, abroad and in particular those fighting a life and death battle for democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you for our hope and the great nation of America, may she ever be a light for mankind. I pray these requests in the Name that is above all Names, Jesus Christ. Amen


Thank a Veteran today, and every time you see a soldier or a veteran, shake their hand and thank them. You’ll love the feeling, they will too, and it’s contagious!
God Bless the United States of America and our Veterans. I proudly salute you all. Flamingo 91.


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 30, 2009




We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. From the Minutemen who stood watch over Lexington and Concord to the service members whoserved in Iraq and Afghanistan, American veterans deserve ourdeepest appreciation and respect. Our Nation’s servicemen and women are our best and brightest, enlisting in times ofpeace and war, serving with honor under the most difficultcircumstances, and making sacrifices that many of us cannotbegin to imagine. Today, we reflect upon the invaluablecontributions of our country’s veterans and reaffirm ourcommitment to provide them and their families with theessential support they were promised and have earned.

Caring for our veterans is more than a way of thankingthem for their service. It is an obligation to our fellowcitizens who have risked their lives to defend our freedom. This selflessness binds our fates with theirs, and recognizingthose who were willing to give their last full measure ofdevotion for us is a debt of honor for every American.

We also pay tribute to all who have worn the uniform andcontinue to serve their country as civilians. Many veteransact as coaches, teachers, and mentors in their communities,selflessly volunteering their time and expertise. They visitschools to tell our Nation’s students of their experiences andhelp counsel our troops returning from the theater of war.These men and women possess an unwavering belief in the ideaof America: no matter where you come from, what you looklike, or who your parents are, this is a place where anythingis possible. Our veterans continue to stand up for thosetimeless American ideals of liberty, self-determination, andequal opportunity.

On Veterans Day, we honor the heroes we have lost, andwe rededicate ourselves to the next generation of veterans bysupporting our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and CoastGuardsmen as they return home from duty. Our grateful Nationmust keep our solemn promises to these brave men and women andtheir families. They have given their unwavering devotion tothe American people, and we must keep our covenant with them.

With respect for and in recognition of the contributionsour servicemen and women have made to the cause of peaceand freedom around the world, the Congress has provided(5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall beset aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation’sveterans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of theUnited States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11,2009, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognizethe valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriatepublic ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal,State, and local officials to display the flag of theUnited States and to participate in patriotic activities intheir communities. I call on all Americans, including civicand fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, andcommunities to support this day with commemorative expressionsand programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand thisthirtieth day of October, in the year of our Lordtwo thousand nine, and of the Independence of theUnited States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.



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2 Responses to Salute to our Veterans – Veteran’s Day 2009

  1. We salute you back, Mary Lou. Bless ya.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Marylou Thanks so much for your kindness and for the photos from the reunion. Keep up the good fight for our MIA's. We may be outnumbered and ignored, but we know what the truth is. Best, Frank Anton


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