happy veterans day

Happy Sunday and Happy Veterans day to all our wonderful readers!

Here in the tropics of Alabama we have been enjoying some amazing weather, which has given us some great days to finish that back porch/yard redo. There is so much more to come on that soon-we can’t wait!

Today though, at The Handmade Home, we’re celebrating Veterans Day and all the amazing men and women who have given so much to secure our freedoms.

In the 8th grade I (Jamin) took a school field trip to Washington D.C. and one of the stops was to the Arlington National Cemetery. We were told all about the history and purpose of the cemetery and then given the privilege to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We also were able to watch the changing of the guards. As a young teen I was in awe of the moment, not so much the tomb itself, but what it represented and even more, the soldiers who were standing guard over it.

So when this photo traveled the circles of the internet recently it brought back all those memories for me.

In case you haven’t seen it, this is a picture of soldiers standing guard over the tomb during a storm in September 2012.

On the day of Hurricane Sandy, their Facebook page status read: “The Old Guard has guarded the tomb every minute of every day since April 6, 1948. Today will be no exception.”


The guards remain at their posts rain, snow or shine.  They even remained at their posts during Hurricanes Isabel and Irene as well as the 2010 blizzard, nicknamed “Snowmaggedon”, which shut down the capital for days.

This is one of many reasons we have been thrilled to partner with The Home Depot in their Celebration of Service as we try to bring more awareness to the needs of Veterans.  You can read more about what we have been up to with Home Depot here.

Today, we simply want to say thank you.

Thank you to all of you who have served, who are serving and who have been a part of families of those serving. You are real life heroes; the ones we and our future generations look up to.

You know sacrifice and service, brotherhood and honor. And we thank you for your dedication to us and our country.

For those of us who are not a Veteran or currently serving, we want to encourage you to find a way to get involved in serving Veterans. The Home Depot has some great projects going on all across the country, check them out here and look for a way to give back a little to those who have given so much. Or simply find a Veteran in your home town and just say thank you.

To get the ball rolling, did you know we have Veterans, their families, as well as those currently serving, who read our site? Feel free to leave a thank you note in the comment section below for all our readers who have served to be encouraged and know they are appreciated.


Have an amazing Veteran’s Day and be inspired, by those who have served.

Legal loveliness:
We have  partnered with the Home Depot for their Celebration of Service Blog Network. As part of this program, we received compensation for our involvement. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations

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Responses to happy veterans day

  1. Because sometimes words are never enough. There are only two that I can think of that would show the width and breadth of my gratitude for those who served to protect yours, mine, any country’s or person’s freedom in this world.

    Thank you.

  2. Lori H says:

    Thanks to all the veterans and military currently serving. We owe you so much more than a thank you! :)

  3. Amy says:

    Thank you for this post! Thank you to all people who are serving and have served. I appreciate and am beyond thankful for all of those who are serving to protect the freedoms I enjoy daily.

  4. ann a says:

    Thank you for laying down your lives for people you don’t even know, and for the countless sacrifices you and your families have made. May God bless you, and may you know how honorable you are, even when others don’t see it.

  5. Deborah E says:

    This past spring my husband and I were at Arlington Cemetery. Watching the changing of the guard brought me to tears. My tears were for the lives lost and the lives that were lived in honor of our country. We also so the war memorials. Each one unique but the message was the same.

  6. Crystal says:


    This was such a beautiful post. Thank you! I teared up thinking of all that my husband and others have endured and given up for a military career. I don’t want anyone to view th
    is as an avenue of seeking attention, but I can never thank my husband enough. He missed the birth and first four months of our fourth child’s life. I was so worried that our baby may be scared of his papa when he came home, and how that would hurt my husband but we serve an awesome God who is bigger than 8,000 miles and the four months of our baby’s life. They werein love and comfortable with one another from the first moment. My husband has saw things that I couldn’t handle and he keeps on doing what he must. He isn’t hardened, hateful, or jaded. I will never be able to explain my gratitude not only to him, but to those who have served in the past, will serve, and are serving and those supporting them at home.

    • Wow Crystal. That is amazing. I simply can’t fathom it. So happy for you and grateful for your wonderful husband. What a testimony for the men and women who serve our country. And thank you, for what you have done, as well.

  7. neta says:

    Thank you to everyone old and young that have served and are serving. My son is serving our country today. He is a graduate of the Citadel college in South Carolina. We are so proud of him for doing two tours with our present war. To all you mothers who watch their sons leave for war know that is where they feel they must be and serve. Put your faith in God and ask him to watch over them. May God bring threm safely back home to you and to their country the United States of America the greatest place where our children take great pride in serving it.

  8. Samantha says:

    I work at an elementary school, and we had a Veterans Day program yesterday. It was spectacular. This is my first year (and my first program) as an elementary music teacher. What a success! It was awesome for the kids to see Veterans and learn about all they have done for us. On of the mayors in our county who is also a veteran came and talked to the kids about what a veteran is. Many kids also have parents who are veterans or currently serving. The songs were inspirational, and the tribute to veterans was awesome! I was so glad to take part in such an event.

  9. Such a beautiful story, thank you for sharing :)