R@R would like to thank all of those who have been in service for the safety of their country – it is much appreciated. God Bless.
With Halloween behind us, mistletoe will soon replace pumpkins. Yet one holiday is often overshadowed by the Christmas cheer – Veterans Day. Remembrance Day. Armistice Day. It commemorates the end of WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when Germany signed the Armistice. “The Great War” was the focus of last season’s DOWNTON ABBEY, bringing the grim reality to a new generation who may have a faded photograph of great-great- family member who served. The last living veteran of WWI was Florence Green, who served in the Women’s Royal Air Force. She passed on February 4, 2012 – 15 days before her 111th birthday.
94 years after the Armistice, we recognize veterans from all wars with red poppies from Flanders’ Fields. We watch Veterans in parades, young and old, walking and in wheelchairs, proudly waving the flags of their beloved country. We lay flowers on grave stones and memorial plaques, recognizing the great sacrifice of both the living and the dead. Their sacrifices give me the freedom to express diverse ideas, read different genres, and live without fear. I am thankful to Florence Green, and a million more veterans, for answering the call to duty.
Military veterans are staples of romance novels. Do you have a favorite story with a veteran – historical, contemporary, or futuristic?
I am giving away a Veterans Day prize package with souvenirs from the five services – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy – to one randomly select commenter. Comments are open through Saturday, November 17, 10 pm in Hawaii. I’ll post the winner on my blog, SOS Aloha, sosaloha.blogspot.com.
Kim Lowe writes SOS Aloha Book Blog to promote romance reading, military families, and the Aloha Spirit. Contact her at email@example.com.