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I Salute the Veterans

The parade had ended before I got there, but I stood in the park, listened to speeches, and sang along with the excellent rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. I held my hand long on my heart.

Then I wandered around, and from the back of the crowd took pictures.

A striking scene was this lone horn standing on the grass among this military band.

Is this a parallel to the horseless rider portraying the fallen? I’ve tried to find the answer today, but have been unsuccessful. Do any of you know?






By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

13 replies on “I Salute the Veterans”


V – Valliant men and women – Fought for you and I
E – Engaged in battle – Knowing they could die
T – Tall they stood – For what they believed
E – Encouraged by their love – For this country
R – Remembering loved ones – Back at home
A – Anticipating hugs -Not knowing how long
N – Never the less – For their country they stood
S – Service to America – They gave all that they could

By: Jolene Mendoza


Thanks for honoring veterans. I also honor them. Today I personally thanked all the veterans in my church.

I’m sorry to put something trivial on this very important thread, but I’m tagging you. To find out what I’m tagging you for, click on my name and read my post called “Silly Blogosphere Game.”



Thank you for being here and for helping me honor our veterans to whom we owe so much. Our children would not be safe without their sacrifices.


Veterans Day. Special day. In Europe, it has a little different tone. Every family there has been affected by war or had a family member involved in some war duty. The wounds were still deep until the new generation became of age. But the scars are still visible everywhere. Without veterans either there or here, what kind of freedom would be ours? They deserve honor and respect.
I have met young men who served in the Vietnam era, old men from the Indochina days, and brand new veterans from the ongoing conflicts. Emotionally scared, lives forever altered. I salute all veterans !!! Thank you !!!
We had several in my family … humble men, thankful to be alive, story telling heroes.
Beautifully done Sister Buxton.


Hello Cara–

Welcome to my blog. Glad I coaxed you out from “Lurkerland.” One of the things I do appreciate about my site is the large numbers of comments I receive. Many people have said that is one of the things they like about coming here to read. So, please continue to make comments. I’m eager to hear from you.

Cara, I didn’t even notice that earring until I loaded the pictures onto my computer. You’re right! Times a changin.

And yes, I join you in loudly saying, “thank you all of our, oh so valiant American veterans!”


Thank you ma’am for this post. I have lurked your site for a long time and have enjoyed it very much, but these pictures inspire me to finally comment.
I especially like the picture of the Vietnam Veteran. Grey military-cut hair and an earring. The times they were a changin’.
Thank you Mrs. Buxton and thank you all of our oh so valiant American Veterans!


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