Daily Archives: November 11, 2009

A Day of Memories for Veterans and their Families

Oh so many years ago
Oh so many years ago…..

As a Navy Wife (because you are never a former) I have many memories of Veterans and Veterans’ Day. I remember deployments that were long and frustrating for my husband and myself. Through them though we grew. There is nothing stronger than a military spouse except for their spouse. The times that you are separated can not be explained and all the memories that could never be are sometimes a strain. Something so simple and silly as my husband having watched a shipboard movie and a couple years later I would see it for the first time. He would say “Remember this is where….” and I wouldn’t have a clue. Sometimes you would question yourself. After a bit of arguing, you would discover the “when” it happened. Only a military spouse would appreciate this.

I look fondly over my Great Grandfather’s Navy Journal from the U.S.S. Westerner, he mentions the Kaiser, Spanish Flu, France, Halifax and the Syrup Factory explosion – his second deployment. I look at my Grandfather’s E Award. He was working the steel industry during WW2. My Father’s Army career is well documented in our Family Tree that my DAR Grandmother wrote and published. My family history with the military is a long and courageous one. Nothing earth-shattering but a steady stream of dedication and patriotism endures within our tight unit.

There are many veterans and spouses who won’t have this Veterans’ Day together through deployment, death, or unfortunately another casualty of military service – divorce. If you can, reach out and hug your Vet or Veteran Spouse today!

***Also forwarded to The 912 Project Fan Site for use.

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The Power of the American Family

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This morning I awoke to an email from the American Family Association as follows:

Boycott Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic this Christmas
November 11, 2009

“Dear Bobbi,

AFA is calling for a limited two-month boycott of Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, the three stores owned by San Francisco-based Gap Inc., over the company’s censorship of the word “Christmas.”

The boycott is part of our ongoing campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to put Christ back in Christmas. The boycott runs from November 1 through Christmas Day.

For years, Gap has refused to use the word Christmas in its television commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions, despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas and in spite of repeated requests from AFA to do the same.

Last year, Gap issued this politically-correct statement to Christmas shoppers: “Gap recognizes that many traditions are celebrated throughout this season and we feel it is important to display holiday signage that is inclusive to everyone.”

Christmas is special because of Jesus. It’s not just a “winter holiday.” For millions of Americans the giving and receiving of gifts is in honor of the One who gave Himself. For the Gap to pretend that isn’t the foundation of the Christmas season is political correctness at best and religious bigotry at worst.

The Gap is censoring the word Christmas, pure and simple. Yet the company wants all the people who celebrate Christmas to do their shopping at its stores? Until Gap proves it recognizes Christmas by using it in their newspaper, radio, television advertising or in-store signage, the boycott will be promoted.

In the past AFA has played a part in convincing other retailers to change their approach. For example, Sears backed away from its censorship of the word “Christmas” and now even offers a “Christmas Club” on its website.

Take Action

Sign the Boycott Gap Pledge. AFA will regularly update Gap on how many people have signed the pledge.

Print out the Boycott Gap “pass along” sheet and distribute it to family, friends, and Sunday school members.

Follow up with a phone call. In a firm but polite manner, ask Gap to reconsider its policy of censoring Christmas in promotional material. Let them know that until you SEE “Christmas” in their advertising, you will boycott them. The toll-free number is: 1-800-427-7895. The company number is: 650-952-4400.”

***This disturbs me. Are the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic attempting to be “Politically Correct”? They are retailers! We have seen what “Politically Correctness” accomplishes – The Fort Hood Attack!

When I signed the Petition it gave me a section for comment, and of course I did: “This country was founded upon Christian principles, not atheist’s or another religion that doesn’t believe “In God We Trust”. Since our dollar bills are marked with our belief you won’t see any of them.”

Click here to go directly to the petition.

Merry Christmas!