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Friday, November 11, 2011

It's Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day! Thank you to all who have served in our Armed Forces and to all of your families. May God forever bless you, we would be nothing without your bravery, loyalty and sacrifices.

I teach my children, to Thank a Vet EVERY Chance You Get, and it the spirit of the Resister family motto that I draw your attention to some true American Heroes who also happen to be bloggers. Please visit the following links and thank them for their service, while you are there, read their stuff - you will be glad that you did.

The Anti-Liberal Zone - Gunny G served in the Marines and now he continues to serve the cause of righteousness by exposing, undermining, and mocking the anti-American prog bastards who are actively seeking our country's destruction.

The Other McCain - Smitty is a Navy man who has finally come home from our long wars to enjoy spending time with his beautiful wife and new son, The World's Youngest Blogger. Smitty is Robert Stacy McCain's co-pilot at the blog. There is a Tip Jar at The Other McCain, so while you are over there thanking Smitty for his service to America, you can also leave a tangible token of your gratitude with a donation.

Knuckledraggin my life away - Wirecutter is one badassed Vet and also a good friend of mine. He has recently become a folk hero to those of us who are sick of the bullying and intimidation from the #occupy mobs with his true story:
Modesto ain't New York, motherfucker. We don't go for that shit around here.
Go read it now, if you haven't already. If you'd like to show Wirecutter your appreciation for his awesomeness and help him buy some ammo or treats for his amazing wolfdog (CharlieGodammit), his PayPal address is: k59lane@yahoo.com
Here is my Veteran's Day post from last year, I am very proud of my family members who have served our country so I'd like to take this opportunity to honor them again:

THANK YOU, Veterans!

Today is Veterans' Day, of course we should be grateful every day, but today is the official holiday for those who answered the call to serve our country in the U.S. military. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Thank You, to all of our Veterans and their families, God Bless You and God Bless America.

This is my Great Great Grandfather Thomas Stenson's grave in Mohill, County Leitrim, Ireland. Thomas left Ireland to come to America and he fought for the Union in the Civil War. He served in Company E of the 15th Regiment of the Connecticut Infantry. Thomas was wounded in Battle of Fredericksberg, Virginia on December 13, 1862. He was captured and made a POW in the Battle of Wise's Forks, in Kingston, NC on March 8, 1865. He was released on March 26, 1865 and discharged from the Army on June 27, 1865. Thomas Stenson then returned to his wife and family in Ireland.

One of Thomas' sons, Peter, my Great Grandfather, came to America at a time when Irish were told to not even bother applying for jobs because they were not wanted here. Peter changed his last name to Stevenson and fought in the Spanish American War as a Rough Rider. Unlike his father, Peter became an American citizen and remained here for the rest of his life. Here is a picture of him in his uniform:


My father, Paul Stevenson, Peter's grandson, proudly served in the United States Army and was stationed in Panama during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I am deeply honored to be the descendant of these great men. I am grateful for and humbled by the tremendous sacrifices that they, and all who have served or are serving in our military, made for all of us.

I can't say it enough, but I'll say it every chance that I get:

THANK YOU to all of our Veterans past and present, and thank you to your families who also sacrifice so much for us. God Bless you and God Bless America.

Here is a beautiful tribute video that I found today and wish to share with you. Always remember and never forget, to THANK A VET every chance you get!



H/T to my friend, Fred Roach who gave me information that helped me to find out more about Thomas Stenson's Regiment in the Civil War.




This post is linked at Blazing Cat Fur. Thank you, BCF! 

This post is linked at That Mr. G Guy's Blog. Thanks, Mike!

This post is linked at Adrienne's Corner. Thank you, Adrienne! 

This post is linked at Knuckledraggin my life away. Thank you, Wirecutter, and thank you, again, for your service to America!





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7 comments:

Lady Liberty 1885 said...

Nicely done tribute, Zilla! Shared!

BlueJeansandLace said...

lovely on all fronts.

Matt Ross said...

That's and incredible story Zilla.  Thanks for sharing it. 

SignPainterGuy said...

America is the land of the Free precisely "because" of the Brave !!

My most heart-felt THANK YOU  to each and every one who has or is giving in any capacity their time and energies in service to this, the Greatest Country the world has ever known !

Words just aren`t enough !

Teresamerica said...

Wonderful Veterans Day tribute, Zilla! Thanks for sharing about your family heritage. 

Ken Lane said...

Thank you for a great post.
We served to repay the tremendous debt we owe for the privilege of living in this great Nation.
Our peoples' gratitude made it all worthwhile.

Gunny G said...

Zilla,

Great job and remember, ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT! It takes US as well as y'all on the Homefront.

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