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Friday Fictioneers – Participating


Friday Fictioneers time already!  The weeks sure do fly.  Just so happens there will be lots of stories of war, heroes, Remembrance Day; as well there should.  I was going to resist, but I could not.  Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers weekly and to J.Hardy Carroll for providing us with this thought-provoking photo.

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Today marks Remembrance Day or Veterans Day, depending on where you live.

All over social media are commemorations of loved ones who’ve participated in one war or another.

I feel so strange that there is not one member of my family, on either side, to my knowledge, who has served in the military and/or given up their life for my country.

Though I’ve graves to visit, none are for this type of hero.

Yet I wear the poppy.  And I volunteer at my boys’ school where we celebrate veterans.

“Lest we forget.” Words repeated the world over, as we should.


62 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Participating

  1. There are so many ways folks who didn’t become soldiers contirubted to their country during war – As long you acknowledge all those who made greater sacrifices , there should be no need to feel “strange” in my opinion .

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  2. I remember feeling ~ as a naive child ~ embarrassment that my father was never “in battle” during WW II. Although he was in the navy, he had severe asthma and was sent back to Kansas. Now I realize he served in so many other ways on “this side of the line.”. I couldn’t be more proud. Great story.

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  3. As Milton said (though it’s taken out of context) ‘they also serve who only stand and wait’. I understand your concerns over your son – you must be proud as well. Nice piece, Dale.

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  4. Dear Dale,

    A sweet tribute. Well said.

    To the chagrin of my husband who loved the Navy and still misses it, none of our three sons were interested. in some ways I’m disappointed as I think it would have been good for them. At the same time I’ve always been relieved that I wouldn’t have to worry while one of them was in Afghanistan, etc.

    Nuff said.



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    • I can imagine a military dad would want at least one to follow in his footsteps. I know the disciple will be good for mine!


  5. Those who cannot serve, can serve those who can. Never take for granted the importance of those who remain at home, on their knees in prayer, sending notes of encouragement to soldiers, or just living and enjoying the freedoms they’re fighting for. Thank you for doing what you can to keep the home fires of love burning.

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  6. Amen, indeed. There must be so many people participating in the remembrance ceremonies who are in the same position as your narrator. And the people who stay behind are always part of the fight; keeping the wheels of democracy turning – ensuring there’s something to come back to.

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  7. Excellent piece, Dale. There were a couple of guys from my community who fought at Iwo Jima. The last of the two pasted away a month ago. They were men of character and integrity till the day they died. God Bless us every one.

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    • Oh thank you, Russell. My sister’s neighbour is a helicopter pilot who’s first tour of duty was at the same time and place as “Black Hawk Down”. He is very much a man of character and integrity…


  8. None of my close relatives served during war, that I know of. I feel the same way sometimes, when I see all of the lovely photos and hear the compelling stories. Nice job sharing that idea, Dale and reminding us that they also serve for those who can’t or won’t.

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  9. You are blessed of course that death did not touch any member of your family through war, but everyone will make sacrifices in some way. Your piece honors all no matter what they have done, no matter what challenges they have taken on, whether militarily or otherwise.

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    • Thank you, Perry. I am blessed indeed in this manner. I am very glad you see this as honouring all who have done their part.


  10. As the daughter and daughter-in-law of men who served, I take pride in being able to have the freedom I have because they went to war for my country. I wear my freedom with pride and love all who serve and served to give us that right. Your tribute in your story is outstanding.
    Have a fantastic week …
    Isadora 😎

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  11. Seems a common theme for this prompt. There are these lines in a war cemetery in North East India
    “When you go home, tell them of us and say
    For their tomorrow, we gave our today.”

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