Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lets Honor Our Veterans

This week we are going to take a day to honor our Veterans.  I cannot think of anyone more deserving than to honor those who have put their life on the line to protect and preserve our country.  My daddy is one of those brave people.  As a teenager, he, like many others left high school, lied about his age, and joined the US Military.  My daddy joined the US Marines Corp.  He left Alabama for Camp Pendleton.  There he trained with many other young men, or what we would probably call boys, for one of the biggest wars this county will ever see.  My daddy served the Marines in the Pacific Theater during WWII.  He was critically injured on Guam. Hit by mortar shell, blown over 30 feet in the air, his military career ended.  He was hospitalized for over a year.  But as I have stated in a precious post, he says what happen to him on Guam saved his life.  After Guam, his unit went to Iwo Jima where few survived.

We are not only celebrating Veterans Day this week.  We are celebrating my daddy's birthday and the US Marines Corp birthday.  My daddy is so proud that he shares the same birthday with the Marines.  As it is said, Once a Marine, Always a Marine", and my daddy is a true example of that.  His truck has the emblem on it.  He flies the Marine Corp flag along with he US flag at his house every day.  And he always wears a Marine Corp cap when he goes out.  He even wears the emblem, a small lapel pin, on his coat, when he goes to church.  This Thursday, November 10th my daddy will be 88 years old.  And the Marine Corp will be  236 years old.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!  Here is a card for my daddy wishing him and the Marines a Happy Birthday and Veterans Day.

I used the Stand and Salute Cartridge for the three stars at the top.  The stars were inked in gold and a sparkled sticker star was placed in the meddle if each star.  The words were cut from Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  I used paper from K&Company to create the card.  And here is the inside of the card.

The photo was taken in 2008 when I accompanied daddy and a large group of WWII Veterans to Washington DC on the Honor Flight.  This was truly one of the best days of my life.  Just to be in the presence of all of those men was a true honor.  

Another view of the inside of the card.

The work of art was done by a local artist, Dr. Don Stewart.  He did this to honor the US Marine Corp on their birthday last year.  He presented it to the Marines during their birthday party, at the US Marine Corp Museum.  You can see photos of the event HERE  The large drawing is made of many small drawings that tell the history of the Marine Corp.  Last year I gave my dad a signed print of this work for Christmas.  Don wrote, To Tommy Wilson,  Happy Birthday, and Thank You for your service".  

This week  Celebrate The Occasion is celebrating VETERANS DAY.  Please go over there are take and see the wonderful works of my fellow DT members.  You will want to visit their blogs and see all the great projects  they have created.  

But most of all, we would love for you to link your own project with Celebrate The Occasion.  You never know, you may be the next winner.

Semper Fi


  1. This is great...you should've sign-up to be in the Marine Blog Hop that's this weekend.

    Be Blessed, Beckie

  2. this is really a great card love it.

  3. Love all the details you added to it, he will love it :)

  4. Great story !!!! Tell your dad Happy birthday and thanks from me. Super B-Day card I know he will really enjoy it.
    DIANA L.

  5. What a touching story and fabulous card! I love the glittery stars!

  6. What a great project and way to honor your dad! Thanks for sharing with me! Hope to see you in my blog hop later this week!


  7. What a beautiful card, Charlotte and touching story of your dad! He truly is a hero! :)


  8. Great card and story! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    Laurie DTM

  9. Super card for your father!
    He is a true hero!!!

  10. Oh, Charlotte, he'll really love it!!! It's a really beautiful card!!! And thanks for sharing your story!

    Hugs, my friend!

  11. Wow, what a story!! You did him well with that beautiful card - so meaningful! I hope he enjoyed his birthday!!


  12. What a wonderful project and I know your father would love it.

  13. Beautiful card!!! LOVE those ornaments, so pretty :-)