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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I Have to Praise You Like I Should...Or in Other Words Be Thankful for Our Soldiers

At first, I thought the title of this post would be longer than the actual blog, until I realized that I could write about being thankful and Veteran's Day while sneaking in an inspirational picture for you, my loyal readers!


Protects our country and takes time to read? Yes, please!

In all seriousness though, I wanted to use this platform to thank the soldiers in my family- those that have served and those serving still. 

First, I want to thank my sister, 1LT. Valentine: 

Don't let the smile fool you. She's bada$$!

Second, my brother-in-law, Blackhawk Crewchief Coyle:

Yes, that is the top of a helicopter. And yes, he 's a professional.



Third, my brother-in-law SGT. Winslow, currently serving in Afghanistan:

He's prepping to film the next YouTube viral video of soldiers lip-syncing  Lmfao's Party Rock Anthem.
And lastly, but certainly not least, my dad, Gunnery SGT. Valentine. He served at a time when most people didn't support the war or the soldiers. 

Barely Eighteen and far away from home.
The next time you see a soldier, go up and shake his hand and say hi. Buy her meal or a drink. 

Or simply say: Thank you.

Who would you like to thank on Veteran's Day? Comment to win either Lisa Kleypas' LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON 


OR

Stephanie Tyler's NIGHT MOVES: A SHADOW FORCE NOVEL





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19 comments:

  1. This is an awesome post, Marquita, and very timely. Who am I thankful for? My two grandfathers, one of whom was a Marine in the European front during WWII, and the other who was a naval airman in the Pacific front. I'm thankful for my father, who was a mechanic on an aircraft carrier in Vietnam. I'm thankful for my brother, who has served three tours in Iraq as an infantryman in the Army National Guard. And I'm even more thankful that he's home again now.

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  3. Excellent post! For me, I am thankful for my father - Army during the Korean War. My husband a former marine and nephew, also a former marine. Another nephew is currently serving in the Air Force, and lastly, but not least, I am extremely proud of my son who is in high school and in JROTC preparing for his future.

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  4. @Catherine - Wow, what a family full of soldiers you have!!! Please thank them for their service and we are thankful for you brother being home, too!!

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  5. @Amy- Once a Marine, Always a Marine, right?! Please thank them for their service for me. And I'd be extremely proud of your son, too. What an awesome young man to choose a job that requires so much sacrifice.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  6. I'm very proud to be the granddaughter of not one, but THREE World War II vets. Both my dad's parents served (my grandmother was in the coast guard) and my mom's dad was the assistant to a general and visited most countries in Europe and Northern Africa.

    I'm also very proud of my father, who served in the Vietnam war. He was stationed in Korea, and my mom even lived with him there for a year. We all like to tease that my sister should have a "Made in Korea" stamp tattooed on her bum ;)

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  7. @Erin- Isn't it amazing how so many of us are connect by the common bond of people in our families serving in the military. Please thank all of them for their service for me!

    "Made in Korea", thanks for the giggle. (I have government issue stamped on mine, snort)

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  8. I'm thankful for my uncle who served as a Marine in Korea, my brother who served in Iraq, my cousin who flys jets for the Air Force, my youngest brother who served in the Army, my husband's grandfather who was a medic during WWII, my father-in-law who was a Marine, and my brother-in-law who served in Iraq. I'm blessed every day to work with Veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, and I can't imagine a more rewarding experience.

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  9. Wonderful post. I live near an Air Force base and many of my neighbors are active and or retired military. We are thankful for all of them, and especially Luen who is about to be deployed to Afghanistan. Thankful for Grandpa Whitey WWI, Grandpa Jim Korea, Joe currently in the Marines, and Anthony who just joined the Air Force.

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  10. @Samantha- I'm thankful for your family, too!

    And what a blessing it must be to work with Vets. So many times, they feel (especially the ones from the Vietnam era) like no one really cared about what they did. Plus, in so many cases, and regardless of what war they've been in, they shrug off what they've done.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  11. Both of my grandfathers served during WWII, one in the army one in the merchant marines. Both of them are gone now, but I do think about them on a regular basis. (I even named a character after each - noble men both of them.)

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  12. @Gayle- You really can see first hand the sacrifices many families make as their loved ones deploy.It's sad and uplifting all at the same time. My prayers are with Luen! Please thank the rest of your family for me. :)

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  13. @Ava- What a great way to honor them! I know that the characters you've chosen to name them for have to be heroes or at least have heroic qualities! :)

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  14. OMG!!! You guys. I don't know how I missed this, but I need to change my giveaway or at least offer this book!!!!!

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B005VQVF9S/temptationauthor

    SEAL OF MY DREAMS- has so many great authors and is an anthology. PLUS all All proceeds from sales of SEAL of My Dreams go to the Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans’ medical research.

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  15. Another awesome blog, besides thanking my daughter who is in the Army and my husband who was a Marine for their service, I also want to thank my two nephews who also serve in the Army.
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  16. @beachmomma-I'm glad you enjoyed my blog! Thank all of them for me. :)

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  17. Thanks for reminding us of others' service to this country! I'd like thank my brother-in-law, uncles, and cousins who have served in various areas of the military. I'm also thankful for their families who made a sacrifice as well.

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  18. @Anonymous- You're welcome. And great point, we can't forget what their families sacrifice as well!

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  19. @GayleC- You're the winner!!!Email me at marquita dot valentine at yahoo dot com with your pick!

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