#SOL19: A’Marek’n Veterans

How do we honor Veterans?

In past blog posts I have used:

Veteran’s Day Blackout Poem

Thankful (4 generations)

to commemorate Veteran’s Day.

It’s hard to follow any one family in our family tree.  Brothers marry sisters and double first cousins appear. Families grow. Families expand.

Yesterday was a day to stop, think, and remember. A day to celebrate Veterans.

What branches were represented? Where did they serve? What friendships grew among their peers? What friendships remain decades later?

On my dad’s side and in his generation – only two kids. Two brothers. And yet in this family line . . . four generations. My grandfather, my dad, my brother and my son . . . one line of veterans . . . Mareks!

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Two deceased and two still serving.

How did you celebrate Veteran’s Day? 

What does Veteran’s Day mean to your family?

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7 responses

  1. Veteran’s day is also my father’s birthday. We didn’t have the day off, but sadly I didn’t do anything around the day with my students.

    1. Margaret, what a neat connection for you. It’s so hard to “designate” all the learning days/ specific events although I must admit that the 11/11 at 11:11 significance does seem auspicious. Maybe just a minute of respect is better than “flashy and forgotten” for another year.

  2. You were one of the people whose family I thought of yesterday. I know your family has given so much through its commitment to the military. (Hence, I was excited to read your post today, which commemorates your family members who have served our nation.)

    1. Stacey,
      I need to make lists of all the family members on all the sides. So many ways for so many folks to serve! 🙂

  3. Yesterday was my sister’s birthday. She has three children, all veterans… one air force and two army. Couldn’t be prouder of them and their service as well as all of the brave men and women who fight/fought to make us the nation we are.

    1. So special for you, your sister, and her three veterans who helped shape our country! ❤

  4. I absolutely love the photos! My great grandfather served as well as my father-in-law. As a high school student Veteran’s day, among other commemorative days, was one I often rode to a nearby celebration and played my trumpet for the vets in attendance. I always loved going and playing for them. It always felt special, important, and valued.

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