Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembering Our Veterans – November 11

We travel this country -- free to enjoy the splendor of it all.  On Veterans Day we stop to contemplate how we came to have the freedoms that we do.  Since the Revolutionary War our military forces have stepped up to protect the freedoms of every United States citizen. We will never be able to thank them enough.  

Our recent travels held a few reminders of our veterans’ accomplishments. During our trip this summer in Canada and Alaska we traveled the entire 1,422 miles of the Alaska Highway, built in the early 1940s to establish a defensive route to protect the country against attack by Hitler and his allies via Alaska.  It was eye-opening to learn about the situations the soldiers working on the road endured to build a path through the wilderness connecting Alaska to the lower 48. They chopped the way across treacherous terrain to make our lives safer.    There are stories told and markers laid remembering the Alaska Highway workers. Thanks to them, we can explore the area slowing only for the frost heaves that continue to plague the highway crews each spring. As we continued through Alaska we encountered memorials to veterans of all stripes.  They gave us pause to count our blessings. Below are a few examples from our Alaska trip.

Alaska Veterans Memorial along the Parks Highway.
 This memorial stood in a spot where you could view Mt. McKinley on a clear day.  Appropriately placed!!
 Tributes were included for Medal of Honor winners.  Click here if you would like to read.
Honoring the Alaska Territorial Guard, 1942-1947. This is a part of the memorial in the center ot the town of Fairbanks.

If you are a veteran reading this, Jerry and I want to say “Thank You.”  For every veteran, whether still here enjoying our freedoms with us or traveling in the heavens, we appreciate all you did and do.  

Stay safe.  Talk with you later.

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