Veterans Day in 3 Pictures

Yesterday, I enjoyed the Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Tulsa. Several people I knew were participating in the parade and my friends and I enjoyed waving our flags from the sidelines, gathering our candy (for the kids…) and honoring our heroes.

However, one participant stood out more than all the others.


The parade route was an hour long. This man walked the entire thing.


As I watched him slowly walk by, the pride on his face was evident. Tears were in my eyes and I couldn’t help myself as they fell onto my cheeks. And then he looked straight at me.


“Thank you!”, I shouted to him. I don’t know if he could hear me over the rumble of motorcycles, the shriners in tiny Mustangs and the diesel trucks pulling floats.

Thank you-Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Bill, Uncle Ron, Jacob Smith, Sam Bieber, Andrew Vasey and everyone else that have sacrificed your bodies, time with your families and yourselves in order for me to have my freedom. And so that I can stand on the sidelines of a parade and root for you. Thank you.

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2 Responses to "Veterans Day in 3 Pictures"

  1. Mandolyn says:

    I read this post last night and I had tears streaming down my face. Brave old men like him just break my heart. I wasn’t able to comment on my iPhone, so I had to save the link and make sure I commented on my work computer today. Thank you for posting!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Rebekah says:

      I am so glad that you came back to comment. I have such a patriotic heart and I know it’s not always “cool” in today’s world. It’s awesome to hear from another that’s proud of our men and women in the service and what they have fought for. Thanks again!


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