Sunday, May 26, 2013

Kitty Love For Our US Marines ♥

Katie, "Is He Home Yet?"

Hi everyone, Katie here.

It's Memorial Day weekend here in the US. The actual holiday is observed tomorrow, but all over the United States, our thoughts turn to three-day-weekends, barbecues and wand toys. ...ok, we were already thinking of wand toys long ago. We also remember those that have served and continue to serve our country. Those that through their actions, commitment and loyalty, preserve and protect our freedom. A freedom that's so intangible, we almost forget about it.

Looking Up To My US Marine
Here at the Townhouse, our thoughts turn to two very special veterans. Each served their country as a US Marine.

And although they served decades apart, their strength of character and selfless compassion makes them brothers.

Glogirly's dad served in the Pacific Theatre of WWII. He fought on the islands of Saipan, Tinian and eventually Iwo Jima. He didn't talk much about what he saw, what had to be done. But he was proud. He was a man of true character. Strong. He was also a man of compassion. He was, and will always be, Glogirly's hero.

Gabe, Glogirly's stepson, recently returned home from his four year tour of duty in the US Marines. Gabe's dedication and commitment are something we are all so very proud of.

When he graduated from Basic Training, at the same Marine Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego that Glogirly's dad trained at some 70 years ago, he told Glogirly how much he admired the men like her dad. He said they were the real deal, the true heros. That brought a tear or two to her eyes. And an admiration for Gabe that will never falter. Semper Fi.









Kisses for my US Marine
Oh, and did we mention he loves cats?











left: Gabe  
right: Glogirly's Dad  
lower: Gabe & Waffles







Black & White Sunday
We're participating in the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop hosted by My Life In Blog Years.

43 comments:

  1. I am feeling a fw tears are coming also, Katie!

    The picture of Gabe and Waffles Too is so sweet! (I know you don't want to know, but if you were in Waffles' place, you would be as cute as he!)

    Smoochies to both of you,
    looloo

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  2. May you have a wonderful Memorial Day.. (and may Katie have all the wand toy time she can handle)

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  3. Hi Glogirly, we up here on the other side of the 49th, thank your guys too.

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  4. My dad was a Marine too - Korea. My brother chose the Navy. My uncle died in Viet Nam. I think we all have stories that need be remembered.
    Thank your dad and stepson for all of us.

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  5. My father, my brother and my nephew all served as U.S. Marines. Two of my nieces and another nephew are serving in the U.S. Army. I am very proud for them all for their service. To all those that have and those who continue to serve, I thank you. Happy Memorial Day.

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  6. A Marine and he loves cats! What's not to love?

    All of the Mommy's menfolk served and her grampa was a POW. We think of ALL our veterans this weekend and they role they play in our lives, and for this we are thankful.

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  7. Happy Memorial day and to our service men and women thank you for the job that you do!xx Speedy and mum

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  8. Happy Memorial Day. Our thoughts are with all the brave servicemen and women who fight to make the world a better place for all.

    The Paw Relations

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  9. Handsome brave men and beautiful cats; the perfect post for Memorial Day.
    xxoo
    Maggie

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  10. That photo of Gabe and Waffles is just precious. Lovely post.

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  11. Happy Memorial Day! God bless all our troops & their families.

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  12. Our thanks to all, who like Glorgirly's Dad and Gabe, have served. We especially honor all those were died or were injured. We can never repay you.

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  13. Beautiful post for Memorial Day! We love the pic of Gabe and Waffles!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  14. Great post - too often we get caught up with thoughts of beaches and BBQs and miss out on the real meaning of the day...

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  15. We thank all those like Glogirly's dad and stepson, Gabe, who have served to keep us free. Happy Memorial Day.

    pee ess...we also thank the makers of wand toys. ;)

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  16. Got to remember all the troops
    Benny & Lily

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  17. We have a lot in common! Both our grandpas severed in WWII and loved cats (and dogs)! Love Dolly

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  18. What a lovely tribute to our service men and women. We remember that photo of Gabe and Waffles. It's one of our favorites. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette.

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  19. Mommy is all teared up now--her hubby and Dad both served in the Navy, during peacetime, thank goodness.

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  20. Just look how Waffles Too looks at your Glogirly's stepson. He absolutely ADORES him! purrs

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  21. Beautiful tribute and photos. Happy Memorial Day and thank you to your family!

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  22. What a lovely tribute to two awesome men. I see Waffles appreciates our veterans too... or at least one special one!

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  23. What a heartwarming post. My dad also served in the marines. He never had to fight but; he was a proud man. Happy Memorial Day.
    Sue B

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  24. We love all of our heros, each and every day. Happy Memorial Day!

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  25. Wonderful tribute to two special veterans.

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  26. A lovely tribute to these two heroes! My father was too young for WW2 and was in the RAF for national service and just missed going to Korea by one week! My 16 year old nephew is a proud air cadet!

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  27. Happy Memorial day from the UK.

    Sheba.

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  28. Great post, Glogirly! We're proud of the heroes in our family, too!

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  29. From one Military family to another - happy Memorial Day :)

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  30. Perfect post. My dad was in the Marines, too. Semper Fi, and Happy Memorial Day.

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  31. Too many peeps think Memorial Day is just about barbeques and sales at Macy*s. Thanks for the post. I'm putting mine up in the morning.

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  32. Wonderful stories. And important to honor and remember the courage and heroism of those whose sacrifices have allowed us to live as we do today. Did Gloman take all those beautiful photos?

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  33. Me knows that real men Lives cats!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  34. We must honor all who serve our country in uniform.

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  35. The Human's dad also fought in the Pacific in WWII--Guadalcanal and elsewhere and was then sent to occupy Nagasaki after the bomb was dropped. He was a brave and wonderful guy and the Human is furry proud of him, and of men like Glogirly's dad and stepson as well.

    We are glad the furry nice-looking stepson is out of harm's way now (well, if you don't count the potential of a sudden move from Waffles, MOL!)

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  36. Great post!!! Here's to all that serve to help keep our country free. Tell your Dad and Gabe THANK YOU. And tell Katie and Waffles Too to have fun on Memorial Day.

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  37. Lovely post. I come from a Marine family nay father was on Guadalcanal, my mother was a Marine, and so was my brother. Your cat photos are great. My cat was my Black and White Sunday post last week.

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  38. thank you for sharing TWO bona fide heroes!

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  39. Well...he loves Waffles, anyway! I remember when Gabe came to visit and became fast friends with the orange guy. Glad you have two veterans to celebrate! I have my dad and a lot of uncles who served in WWII.

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  40. I just love your kitty pictures! And thanks to Gabe and your Dad for keeping us all free and safe.

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  41. Beautiful shots - love the black and white!

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