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Veterans Day.

I love soldiers. Anyone that is willing to put their life on the line so my lazy ass doesn't have to has earned way more than just my respect. I feel that their families need some recognition, too. I know how hard it is to have a husband gone for months at a time, but I don't have to worry about bullets whizzing past him.

Dogs welcoming their soldiers home: If you can watch all of the videos here and not be moved, well, you're as cold as ice. (Willing to sacrifice our love!)

The last clip is a compilation of clips of soldiers surprising their kids in school. OH MY GOD. Tears ahoy hoy. (Thanks solispsae for the link.)

This double posting brought to you by dogs being rad. (And my Sally Derg keeps making the "barroo?" head tilt every time I play one of these videos. Lol.)

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whitemunin
Nov. 11th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
OMG, thank you so very much for posting this link!!! It was wonderful and funny and heartwarming.

I hope you don't mind that I swipe the link and post it my LJ as well.
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, of course not!
ann1962
Nov. 11th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Soaked face here. The kids seeing their dad's return.
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
I know, it just killed me. In a good way, but sad, too.
fabrisse
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
I remember welcoming Dad back from his third tour in Vietnam. I remember having to leave him behind in Saigon when I was not quite 4 as part of the evacuation, ten years before that third tour.

It's too big to think about or write about, in some ways. I'm just so glad he made it home.
stoney321
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
My dad served before we were twinkles in his eye. I can't imagine having to give him up for a period of time. I have friends with husbands that either were active in Desert Storm or in the current Iraq conflict, and I just don't know how they do it. Amazing families.
kita0610
Nov. 12th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Well, I'm BAWLING now.

Jesus. Thank you for linking to these clips.
stoney321
Nov. 12th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
How are dogs so awesome, Kita? HOW?! Sally freaks out when the Mr. comes back from a week of travel, but months and months? I LOVE DERGIES.
kita0610
Nov. 12th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
DERGIES ARE LOFFFFF.
bitchygrrl
Nov. 12th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
OMG great vids. Man I remember seeing my step-bros come back from the first Gulf War, best feeling ever. Thanks for sharing.
darlas_mom
Nov. 12th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
The one with the soldiers and their kids?

I'm sobbing.

I was seven when my dad came home from Desert Storm. I still remember when my mom took me and my brother and sister (there were only three of us then) to go meet him when he came home. I climbed up his back like a monkey and didn't want to ever let go. My sister had been a tiny baby, maybe three weeks old, when he was deployed, and when he returned, she was big enough to pull herself to standing to grab his knee. Crazy as it sounds, I think that on some level, she still remembered who he was.
setauuta
Nov. 12th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Many tears, especially the last one. My dad served in the Air Force from the time he was 18 until the day he died (when I was 17). He had to go TDY (temporary duty) several times when I was a kid, and twice was gone for a full year. The hardest thing in the world was watching him go, and the best feeling in the universe was having him come home.

Thank you for that.
fishsanwitt
Nov. 12th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
Well, thank you very much *sniff*. I cried my eyes out at the end.
nemesisstar
Nov. 12th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oh wow...that last video of the dads surprising their kids at school... It broke my heart!! I can't even imagine what that must feel like. To be gone for so long and in danger, then coming back home safe and sound and seeing your child for the first time in so long or even seeing your child for the first time ever. So touching. Thanks for the link.
a2zmom
Nov. 12th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
I am now CRYING.
may_lyn
Nov. 12th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
i'm a vet. well, i was for 3 years. and i married a vet, and helped him through 20. he did desert storm, we did germany together for 3 years, and i learned independance from his year in korea and the various crisises that came along while he was training and helping others train, usually gone for 9 months a year. and the other 3 months? well, he would have one month vacation, and 2 months of working but coming home each night.

he and i have been married for 31 years. he's suffered a service related disability. and he considers what i did was being a single mom. yeah, i earned my gray hair. and the smile on my face.
perytonlover
Dec. 5th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
I couldn't speak words when watching the "dergy" videos. Well, not real ones, anyway. It was just... so happy. :')
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