Veteran’s Day Parade

by Joe Plemon on November 15, 2009

Parade _ Tubas
Creative Commons License photo credit: ktylerconk

Call me sappy, but I like a parade. In our small Southern Illinois town, parades are a big deal, be it Homecoming, Christmas or Veteran’s Day. Everyone who isn’t in the parade comes out to watch. Yes, they are a bit cheesy at times…the fire trucks from every hamlet try to outdo each other with their sirens and fog horns. Everyone who has won any kind of beauty pageant in the last year is there, along with every school band in the county.

So of course I watched the Veteran’s Day Parade this week. My grandson walked with the Boy Scouts and my granddaughter and daughter-in-law were part of the Girl Scout contingency. The mood matched the weather: sunny and cheerful.

But the high point of the parade were the veterans themselves. Being a Viet Nam veteran myself, I especially appreciated those who marched and sported flags. And one nondescript display was a truck hauling World War II vets, some who could stand, others sitting…our greatest generation quietly with no fanfare, taking only a small part of the event.

I stood silently as they went by, reflecting how these veterans were hardly noticed in the parade, just as I am sure they would want. Heroes, in my mind, every one of them. I pondered that in the non too distant future, we will still be having Veteran’s Day Parades, but no WW II veterans will be left. I hope, for the sake of my grand-children’s generation, that they will have heroes to emulate.

Some posts I have enjoyed this week:

  • Matt and family, in the midst of their Financial Peace University course, have arrived at a debt snowball plan, a bit different than Dave Ramsey’s, that they tab as their “Hybrid Debt Snowball”. Matt has put a lot of thought into his hybrid plan and brings us some good reading.
  • Joe Taxpayer writes a great guest post for Good Financial Cents, explaining the latest on traditional IRA’s, making comparisons to a 401k and even throwing in some great tables.  If you need clarity about the specifics of your IRA, don’t miss “Rules and Limits for the Traditional IRA”.
  • Although traditional thinking (at least for me) is to buy near the bottom of the neighborhood, Craig Ford gives some reasons to consider buying near the top in his guest post for Bible Money Matters, “2 Compelling Reasons to Buy the Most Expensive House in Your Neighborhood” .  I will let you read my comments in the post and not here.
  • Is your marriage in financial crisis?  Hop over to Christian PF for a great, common sense post entitled “Survive a Financial Crisis: 12 Tips for Married Couples” This is another guest post by Craig Ford, a missionary and prolific writer on Christian perspective of financial issues.
  • Do you find yourself making excuses when things don’t go just right?  Larry Jones at Rich Christian, Poor Christian challenges us to focus on results, not excuses with his post “No Excuses, Just Results” I like the way Larry openly shares times in his life when he made excuses…vulneability makes a good read.
  • Veteran’s Day Discount and Deals also at Good Financial Cents.
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Chuck November 16, 2009 at 8:39 am

Joe,

Thank you for your service. I agree it is a sad thought that we are losing all our WWII vets. At least we have books and pictures to remember them by.

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Joe Plemon November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Chuck,
I read in today’s paper that the last WW I vet is still alive and doing well for being 108 years old.

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