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Veteran’s Day ~ This Maine-ah Vet Has a Deep Message for Humanity

First Annual Reader Appreciation Day on Wine-Blog: Don’t forget to comment each day with your name during this week. It’s for the drawing… a pair of gorgeous Riedel Vinum etched glasses from my PSILY stash. The winner will be announced this Saturday morning on Wine-Blog. Good luck! Just in time for Thanksgiving…

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My daughter Katie pointed me in this direction. She’s the eldest of the three daughters I’ve raised, with each of them continuing to please me to no end…

Phillip Spooner of Biddeford, Maine, talks about “All men being created equal,” during testimonies given for and against Maine’s marriage equality bill on April 22, 2009. Nearly 4,000 people attended the hearing, with marriage equality supporters out-numbering the opposition 4 to 1.

Phillip Spooner and my dad were on Omaha Beach together. My dad, my Uncles Joe and Bill (WW II Vets) are gone… All from Maine.

As Maine goes, so goes the nation? Not anymore, guys, after this recent election there.

I can’t imagine what my life would be like without my gay friends.

I’m toasting to that today, along with toasting all of the brave men and women who came into this world to defend the rights of others… all rights, unconditionally.

Enjoy Veteran’s Day, my friends… all friends…

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5 Responses to “Veteran’s Day ~ This Maine-ah Vet Has a Deep Message for Humanity”

  1. Dan says:

    Way to go Phillip.

  2. Tonya says:

    Wonderful post! Kudos to you for honoring not only Veterans on this auspicious day but also the LGBT community by celebrating ALL RIGHTS, unconditionally. I second that emotion.

    Cheers!

    Tonya

    http://www.JoyofTheTable.com
    Wine Appreciation and Education for All!

  3. Jo says:

    Thanks, Tonya.

    I appreciate your comments, too, and have entered you into the Reader Appreciate Day drawing, which will be held and announced this Saturday morning.

  4. vinska klet says:

    Gave me goosebumps listening to the man. Thumbs up. Can’t imagine what these men we’re going through in the WWII.

  5. Jo says:

    Vinska,

    No, we can’t imagine… but living with a WW II Vet for a dad taught me about post war distress. My dad never recovered from a war that demanded an end to it. He had no choice. He was told – while at Norwich University – “Joint (with a commission) or be drafted.” He was on the Beaches of Normandy, and we didn’t didn’t find out until just before his death that all of his buddies died. He was their leader, and they protected him by falling on him. The horrors of war that our Vets live with, so that we can be free is their very sad tale in brotherhood. Only the men and women who have lived through a war know what’s deep within their hearts.

    Phillip Spooner gives us all a bit to think about.

    I’ll enter you into the Reader Appreciation giveaway. I appreciate your comments and perspective.

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