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Our Thoughts and Gratitude Go Out to Veterans

Nov 11, 2009

by muka

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With the backdrop of two active wars and the recent tragedy at Fort Hood, our hearts, thanks, prayers, and sadly our condolences, go out to those in the military and their families this Veterans Day. 

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” As such, this new holiday honored World War I veterans. After both World War II and the Korean War, Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans” and November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

This is also a time to honor those who have fought for freedom in other parts of the world. One of the most significant symbols of this is the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which occurred two days ago, on November 9.

While peace is still a distant goal for the world as a whole, we are very fortunate to have the freedom we enjoy and the protection of those who make sacrifices every day.

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89 comments

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 7 years ago

    A perfect way to start this day! Thank you to all who serve.

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 7 years ago

    I (((heart))) our Veterans...one of them is my Dad. Love you, Dad.

  • Scrapboarding

    Scrapboarding said 7 years ago

    Let's take a moment to celebrate and honor our veteran's today. Everytime a greeting card is purchased from Scrapboarding, one ships on me to the "Any Soldier" APO overseas for the holidays.

  • FatBatShop

    FatBatShop said 7 years ago

    Hooray for our Veterans! Thank you!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 7 years ago

    I am so very thankful to our veterans and those serving our country today. We owe you so much, thank you!!

  • FatBatShop

    FatBatShop said 7 years ago

    Hooray for our Veterans! Thank you!

  • yenjewelry

    yenjewelry said 7 years ago

    what a great and timely feature. thanks for sharing.

  • bananastrudel

    bananastrudel said 7 years ago

    My heartfelt gratitude to our soldiers and their families, for their sacrifice.

  • yenjewelry

    yenjewelry said 7 years ago

    what a timely feature. thanks for posting.

  • mathildacraft

    mathildacraft said 7 years ago

    Thanks to all who are willing to serve their country (my dad is a veteran as well). That memory quilt is a wonderful idea, btw. I <3

  • fotostrudel

    fotostrudel said 7 years ago

    We wear our poppy proudly this Remembrance Day. Lest we forget.

  • TerisTreasure

    TerisTreasure said 7 years ago

    Vanessa, thank you so much for this article and mentioning the Homefront Team and our giveaway! :) We sure appreciate the kind words to our soldiers but most of all, appreciate the sacrifices our military make for our country! Dont miss out on our Homefront Fan Page giveaway, over $270 worth of free handmade items! Check out the link above!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 7 years ago

    I'd like to send a BIG heartfelt thank you to all veterans and families of veterans!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    We are so grateful, THANK-YOU!

  • SHAbang

    SHAbang said 7 years ago

    Hug a Veteran today...I hugged mine! Go Homefront Team - keep those home fires burning.

  • ME2Designs

    ME2Designs said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all who have served or are serving, because your sacrifices allow us to remain free.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all that served!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    very grateful!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you Veterans!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you to those who have served and continue to serve!

  • Jenmyall

    Jenmyall said 7 years ago

    Happy Veterans Day!! Thank you to everyone who has served and is currently serving. Thank you to the families of the military, it is a hard job. :) My husband is currently deployed along with lots of our friends.

  • kellybellydesigns

    kellybellydesigns said 7 years ago

    Love it! Happy Veterans Day and I am so proud to be a part of the Homefront Team! Lots of talent on here!

  • photoglassworks

    photoglassworks said 7 years ago

    My dad is one of them too, served in Vietnam and was stationed at Fort Hood where the shootings just happened. Huge thank you to all that have sacrificed for us.

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 7 years ago

    A nice dedication to the Veteran's. Great collection. Thanks to all of those who are protecting are country:)

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 7 years ago

    I love reading the STORQUE posts and perusing the products listed but I am surprised today that there isn't a vintage flag shown....(and not just because i sell them) There isn't any better way to acknowledge this day then to have a FLAG flown on Veterans Day and always.

  • FableBay

    FableBay said 7 years ago

    it's good to remember what this day is about, thank a soldier today. I'm off to call my little brothers. 24 and 26, both veterans, and completely deserving of my thanks.

  • ChrissyWatson

    ChrissyWatson said 7 years ago

    My sister is in Hawaii at her first station with the United State Navy. I am so proud of her! Thank you veterans!

  • treacletoffee

    treacletoffee said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the Storque article. 11th November is a day for remembrance in many countries as well as the United States, though we don't have it as a national holiday here. We had Poppy Day here in the UK on Sunday to commemorate those who have fought for peace since WWI.

  • jenharruff

    jenharruff said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for featuring both of my fantastic teams! I wanted to say thank you to all of the veterans for providing the freedom of a great country and for your many, many sacrifices. And thank you to the families, too. Being raised in the military and being married to the military is something I never take for granted.

  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking said 7 years ago

    My uncle was blinded and paralyzed in Vietnam and now my brother serves, this thoughtful post made me cry. Thank you to all of our military and please come home safe soon!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 7 years ago

    Thank you!!

  • Ivriniel

    Ivriniel said 7 years ago

    Wychbury has some lovely poppy pins. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34113189

  • FrayBabyBibsandMore

    FrayBabyBibsandMore said 7 years ago

    Thank you for featuring the Homefront team and thank you to all the veterans out there for your sacrifices and for protecting our great nation. Prayers to all in the Middle East and prayers to all the friends and families effected by the Ft Hood shootings. Give extra kisses to your soldier today, I know I am. :)

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 7 years ago

    Thanks to my brothers and father, uncles who served love you all.

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 7 years ago

    Lovely tribute! We are truly in debt. It makes us appreciate peace time so much more.

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all the Vets. 2 great organizations to donate to: 1. The USO accepts books donations within the US 2.Books For Soldiers (that's not just about books but some just want letters, candy, mags, etc) to soldiers all over the world and you don't have to pay pricey ship prices (see below). At BooksforSoldiers dot com, you just download an application to join (all the application has on it is to fill out your name/address/phone - real cinchy. Then you take it to your bank to be notarized - to prove you're you for security purposes. Like a week later, Books For Soldiers allows you to have a password, and then you're allowed to get into the site and see all the soldiers requests from all over the world. Some don't just ask for books but for magazines, candy, etc. Some want stuffed animals to donate to local kids. All Books For Soldiers donations that go worldwide, first ship to their US base so you're only paying to ship within the US even though the package goes to Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere. And tell the postal clerk you want to ship Media Mail so you get the cheap book rate that's half the price! Many soldiers send thank u notes - they're very appreciative.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all who have served our great nation!

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy said 7 years ago

    The USO and Books For Soldiers need donations. Booksforsoldiers dot com - they dont' just want books but candy, letters, magazines etc. BooksforSoldiers has a form to fill out (just your name/address) then go to your bank to notarize it. Then you mail it to them and your in the club to help. Mailing books overseas is not expensive b/c all shipments go to a US base 1st so you only pay for domestic shipping - and if you ask to send it MEDIA MAIL for books - it's 1/2 the price. Great org!

  • haveitconfections

    haveitconfections said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all who fought (and continue to fight) for our country. Thanks Dad, Grandpa, and Nonno for all you did and all of the sacrifices you made. It can't have been easy.

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 7 years ago

    Thank You Veterans!

  • swanmountainsoaps

    swanmountainsoaps said 7 years ago

    Thank you etsy for honoring our veterans today. God bless all of our soldiers!

  • monsterbugblankets

    monsterbugblankets said 7 years ago

    Thank you, Etsy--what a beautiful write up! Thank you to our soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen--and to their families. What a debt of love and gratitude we pour out to you on this day!

  • VintageStarrBeads

    VintageStarrBeads said 7 years ago

    Thanks to all who serve and all who sacrifice for the rest of us!-R. S.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    thanks for thinking of our soldiers today. there is not enough we can say to thank them for all they do.

  • minouette

    minouette said 7 years ago

    Here in Canada, we mark November 11th as Remembrance Day. We wear poppies like those which dotted the WWI battlefields immortalized in Lt.-Col John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields".

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the article. May we find peace in the world at the next Veteran's Day. If you want peace, work for justice.

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 7 years ago

    Thank you for a lovely tribute to veterans - our heroes! I echo what sherrytruitt said: "May we find peace in the world at the next Veteran's Day."

  • ornamentsbydeb

    ornamentsbydeb said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for featuring my "Until You Return" ornament. I designed it and made them for my family last year and we left them hanging until my nephew came home from Afghanistan. My niece asked me to make them to sell to other military Moms. Her son will be going back to Afghanistan again in April! I am offering free shipping for either of my designs through Friday and $3.00 from each sale goes to a soldier charity. God Bless all of our soldiers - past and present, including my Dad (God Bless his soul) in WWII and my brother in Vietnam! Because of their sacrifices, we are free! Thanks SO much for this article!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    God bless our soldiers and their families.:)

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit said 7 years ago

    A Huge Thank you to all who have served our great nation!

  • terryann

    terryann said 7 years ago

    ok someone just hyjacked this comments section... sad really.

  • terryann

    terryann said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all who have served, especially to my dad and my husband...!

  • Anhoki

    Anhoki said 7 years ago

    Brats RULE! THANK you to my father and ALL of our servicemen and women enlisted AND retired. Freedom isn't free and it is YOU who protect and fight for our rights. Semper Fi...Aim high....and fly FREE!

  • soule

    soule said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all Vetrans and the current mean and woman serving! we wouldnt be where we are with out you!

  • Anhoki

    Anhoki said 7 years ago

    THANK YOU!!! Thanks to my daddy, my cousin Lance (RIP) and everyone who has or IS serving. Semper Fi!

  • theqstore

    theqstore said 7 years ago

    With thanks to all Veterans and their families. Let's hope and pray for each and everyone today. Serving our country is something they do with pride and courage everyday. I am so proud to be part of The Homefront Team. Hugs to all, Susie Q

  • kpritch01

    kpritch01 said 7 years ago

    This is a great article and I think a lot of people often forget the story behind Veterans Day. It’s turned into such a commercial shopping holiday and it’s so very important that we never forget to acknowledge it’s real purpose. Everyone should take time today to thank our soldiers both past and present for fighting for our country and protecting our freedom. The recent tragedy at Fort Hood is so unfortunate and I pray for the family and friends that lost a loved one. It’s crazy what the war can do to some people and it’s also very sad. I was on Facebook today and actually came across an ad for a site called Prescription Audio that’s offering a free download of their PTSD audio therapy for those in the military. This is something that I hope they’re marketing well because I have friends in the military suffering from this very disease and will be sure to pass it along. If you know of anyone that could benefit from this as well here’s the link: http://www.prescriptionaudio.com/pages/ptsd

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 7 years ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's a poignant day. Today and every day when you think of those brave enough to defend.

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 7 years ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's a poignant day. Today, and everyday, when you think of those brave enough to defend.

  • LaughingFridge

    LaughingFridge said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all the veterans who have served their country and are still serving their country! Thank you for this wonderful article to remind us of how fortunate we are as a country to have brave men and women in the military to protect us.

  • BlueRoomGems

    BlueRoomGems said 7 years ago

    All gave some, some gave all. Thank you to all our veterans. Thank you also for featuring the Homefront Team. We are all very proud of our soldiers!

  • BlueRoomGems

    BlueRoomGems said 7 years ago

    ll gave some, some gave all. Thank you to all our veterans. Thank you also for featuring the Homefront Team. We are all very proud of our soldiers!

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles said 7 years ago

    JoyandWhimsy says.... The USO and Books For Soldiers need donations. Booksforsoldiers dot com - they dont' just want books but candy, letters, magazines etc. BooksforSoldiers has a form to fill out (just your name/address) then go to your bank to notarize it. Then you mail it to them and your in the club to help. Mailing books overseas is not expensive b/c all shipments go to a US base 1st so you only pay for domestic shipping - and if you ask to send it MEDIA MAIL for books - it's 1/2 the price. Great org! Needed a repeat:) Thank you to all who serve, have served, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice...and bigs hugs to the families of our military personnel. Salute!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Our military men and women deserve our gratitude for keeping us safe and our country the best! Thanks veterans and active soldiers!

  • posiesforlulu

    posiesforlulu said 7 years ago

    Great Storque! Thank you Grandpa Jim and Grandpa Lou!

  • PaperOnParade

    PaperOnParade said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this article and highlighting the Homefront team! Many, Many thanks to all our Veterans for their service! I am honored to be a member of the Homefront Team!

  • tlsexton0913

    tlsexton0913 said 7 years ago

    This was awesome to include our group. Happy Veterans Day Dad and all the others!!

  • Heartandsowdesigns

    Heartandsowdesigns said 7 years ago

    I thank all our veterans for their service. My family has and continues to serve this nation for our protection. I'm proud to be part of the homefront team! I've posted a poem in their honor. http://heartandsowdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/11/honoring-our-veterans.html

  • Heartandsowdesigns

    Heartandsowdesigns said 7 years ago

    I thank all of our veterans for their service for our country. My family has served and continues to serve our courtry to protect our freedoms. I'm a proud member of the Homefront Team. I posted a poem in honor of our veterans. http://heartandsowdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/11/honoring-our-veterans.html

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much to all the brave veterans who have given so much to keep our country free. God bless you and your families always.

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    thank you to etsy for remembering the soldiers and my thanks to those who have served and who are still serving - worldwide. I'm ex-Australian Army and I'm very grateful to the troops who are doing their jobs.

  • rhradcliffedesigns

    rhradcliffedesigns said 7 years ago

    The first thing I did this morning was to call my dad and thank him for what he gave to his country. The second thing I did was kiss my husband and thank him for the same thing....veterans deserve it all. Thanks for the feature.

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all that served our country so we can be free! And to all that serve now, thank you!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    Yes, I am so very grateful and thankful for all of our service people - past and present.

  • sweeteuropeandreams

    sweeteuropeandreams said 7 years ago

    thanks so much for this article - love it! For anyone looking to support our wounded soldiers who are recovering overseas, here is an awesome opportunity, but you have to act fast! www.treesfortroops.net Last year was amazing, but they need help! THanks again for your support! Hooah!

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress said 7 years ago

    Love and gratitude to all Veterans.

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress said 7 years ago

    Love and gratitude to all Veterans.

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress said 7 years ago

    Love and gratitude to all Veterans.

  • AMIdesigns

    AMIdesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this article. In the UK we have Remembrance Day and with our soldiers fighting alongside those from the USA in Afganistan, we have much to remember

  • giraffelabel

    giraffelabel said 7 years ago

    great article! i am so proud to be a military spouse and a member of the homefront team!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    I am so proud of my friends and family who serve. I still deeply miss a young family member who lost his life while serving... I will never forget the sacrifices made for our freedom and I am eternally grateful for the daily blessings we are able to enjoy because of you... A heartfelt thank you to everyone for your service.

  • mandysmix

    mandysmix said 7 years ago

    This was wonderful. I work for the Veterans of Foreign Wars part time as a bartender. Most of them fought in the Vietnam War. I have seen many of these men brake down because, of the things that happened. My heart does go out to all Vets. and there loved ones as well.

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 7 years ago

    Thank you veterans!

  • yabettasupadont

    yabettasupadont said 7 years ago

    awesomeness and love yall. =]

  • bbrunophotography

    bbrunophotography said 7 years ago

    My dad and brothers are all vets, and my husband gave 21 years of service to our country. Your article made me proud and a little teary. Thank you! Your words are special.

  • rswilsonjewelry

    rswilsonjewelry said 7 years ago

    Your kind remembrance of the veterans is appreciated. Thanks

  • HiBird

    HiBird said 7 years ago

    A debt of gratitude for the men and women who serve in the armed forces. My pray for you, the blessing of light and goodness be around you and your loved ones. God Bless and protect you as you serve for our freedom.

  • yourstoadorn

    yourstoadorn said 7 years ago

    My beloved 19 year old son graduated from US Army Infantry Basic Training on Veteran's Day in Nov 09. Having a son serving our country is an eye opening and anxiety ridden experience. I truely appreciate all of your prayers,support and kind words for our servicemen and women! It helps more than you know!

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