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.