Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day.

A couple of days ago, I got a message on my cell phone from Sophie's school.  The message said that they were having a special assembly recognizing and honoring veterans and those currently serving in the military and to invite anyone we may know to join in the celebration and recognition.  I thought that was an awesome idea.

Yesterday, I was having lunch at Smash Burger (which is rapidly becoming my new favorite burger ... can you believe it?) and there was a card on the table offering free sides to all military personnel this weekend.  In fact, there are tons of restaurant chains all over the country giving away free sides and fries and all kinds of guys to our military all week.  It seems like such a small gesture, but it is the continual small gestures that will let our military know how grateful we are to them and their sacrifice on our behalf to fight for our freedom and safety.

As I walked out my front door this morning, I had a flag in my yard.  The scouts had come around and placed the flags before most of us even got up.  It made me really happy to see that!

Right next to Draper, is the city of Sandy.  And every 9-11, on the vast lawn in front of Sandy City Hall, over 3,000 flags are put up in memory of the lives lost in the attacks on 9-11.  I know there are lots of "healing fields" like that all over the country and I can't even begin to express how touching it is to see those rows and rows of flags.  I make it a point to go witness that each year.  This year, 9-11 fell on a Sunday.  It was after dark when I realized that I hadn't yet seen the healing field, so Elliott, his friend Conner, Sophie and I took a little drive.

There was quite a crowd ... the flags were awesome ... but this year there was something new.  A bronze statue.  A replica of those three fire fighters raising the American flag on the rubble after the terrorist's attack. It causes reverence ... I teared up ... I love this country.

Happy Veteran's Day.


  1. Wow..3,000 flags, what a sight to see! I love our country too and I am so sick of people, even our leaders tearing it down. They just don't know how much hope and faith is in our hearts that will yet win. :D

  2. We are truly blessed and this touches my heart today. oxxoxo hugs

  3. Love this post must have been a beautiful site to see! And how nice of all the businesses to recognize the military. I can we really thank them for all they do for us to be free?

    And as usual...great photos captured!!! :)

  4. P.S....WHERE DID ALL THE SNOW GO FOR YOUR EARLIER POST? Does it just disappear? lol

  5. awesome! jared said he's never been as proud and when he stood on BYU's football field and saluted to the navy song. he loooooves this country.

    that post to come. :)

  6. The school my kids
    attends lines the driveway
    with 3,000 small flags,
    all placed by students,
    and it makes me tear up
    every year to see it. What
    a great pic you took of the
    kids in front of the flag! We
    are blessed, for sure, by the
    kind souls like the ones cast
    in bronze....

    xx Suzanne