Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Debby Giusti GuestBlog: Red, White, And Blue Heroes

Contest!!! 2 LCBs (Lucky Commenting Bellas) each win a copy of “Nowhere to Hide” (Steeple Hill Inspy Romantic Suspense) from Debby!

Debby Giusti is a terribly sweet woman.When we shared a ride to a party at RWA last year, we spoke pretty much non-stop about romance and her writing, yes, but mostly about how crazy we are for our troops, and how nice it is when we're able to combine thing
s we care about in real life with the work we're lucky enough to do. Her Inspy Romantic Suspenses are terrific, and I'm so pleased I finally get to introduce her to you. Please give a warm Red, White, and Blue buongiorno to our new Bella...

Hi, Bellas! Grazie, Michelle, for inviting me to Romance: By the Blog!

I’m always in a patriotic mood this time of year. Two weeks ago, we celebrated Memorial Day, tomorrow’s Flag Day and the Fourth of July is right around the corner. That’s why I want to pay tribute to the heroes who are near and dear to my heart--the men and women in the United States Armed Forces.

Michelle and I first “connected” over a book drive for soldiers when my son was deployed for a second tour in Iraq. Not a day goes by that I don’t offer prayers of gratitude and safekeeping for those who put duty, honor and country first. I’m so proud of my son and the thousands of dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who continue to answer our country’s call. They’re heroes in my book!

Knowing the Bellas like pictures, I posted a few from www.usarmy.mil that touched me. Steadfast and courageous, real-life military heroes are take-charge guys with a can-do attitude. And those are the kind of men I like to have in my stories.

Matt Lawson, the hero in my debut novel, NOWHERE TO HIDE, is a Gulf War veteran, and while Nolan Price in SCARED TO DEATH (out in August) isn’t in the military, he possesses the strength and determination that define a guy in uniform.

My third book, MIA: MISSING IN ATLANTA, a March 2008 release from Steeple Hill, features Captain Jude Walker, a returning war hero assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, the unit my son served with in Iraq. The book is dedicated to the brave men and women who defend our nation. God bless them all!



So, Bellas, who are your real-life heroes?

And what makes your patriotic fervor soar?

58 comments:

Portia Da Costa said...

Well, I'm from the UK, so it's our British Forces personnel that I'm proudest of... but I respect and admire any soldiers, sailors and airmen of any country who do their duty for their nation and the general good.

I also admire the heroism of firefighters and paramedics... and aid workers out in worn torn and famine-ridden countries. And I think that people who do things like donating bone marrow, so others can live, are heroic too.

Well, just about anybody who does anything selflessly for the good of others, really. All sorts of people are heroes in bigger or in more modest ways...

Patriotic fervor... well, I once burst into tears when I was in London and I saw the Household Cavalry ride by! It was awesome... I just thought 'This is it! This is part of the soul of England! It's wonderful!'

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas and Welcome Debbie! So glad you're able to be with us today.

Total mushball here for our troops, not just cause of the pride thing, but because they don't just perform heroics when deployed or in battle. They -- and their families -- agree to do without family time, spend long periods of time apart, brave rough financial times when dad or mom or partner is away. And often, our "everyday" military heroes are forgotten when they're not on our radar-screens, especially when they return to us wounded and disabled.

That said, I still get teary when I see the young soldiers walking through the airport. Hey, maybe they;re just on leave and aren't even deployed, but I always figure it's just a matter of time.

So it's nice to thank the folks we see in uni when we get the chance.

Thanks, Debbie, for this great topic. Looking forward to checking in throughout the day from vaykay in Boston. :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Lest I forget my manners, lovely to meet you, Debbie!

I was just so inspired by your post, and I so much wanted to put down my impressions quickly... that I completely forgot to say hello!

love

WendyPortia

Stacia said...

I am so very, very proud of our armed forces for fighting for our freedom & for that of others around the world. I am lucky enough to be friends with two such US Marines who have both served three terms over in Iraq. They are my real-life heroes and I can't thank them enough for their bravery & courage.

Julie in Ohio said...

Good Morning, Bellas!
Welcome to RBtB, Debbie!! I enjoy Inspy romance and suspensful romance but I haven't read them together. I can't wait to check your books out. :o)

I'm with all of you, I get all teared up when I see anyone in fatigues (sp?). My heart floweth over with pride when I think of the sacrifice they and their families make.

Like Portia mention, firemen and paramedics also police officers are heroes to me. They put themselves at risk to help others. I know it's their jobs but I think most of them would agree it's more than that. And it's the "more than that" attitude that gets my praise and gratitude.

MaryKate said...

Mornin' Bellas! Welcome Debbie.

I've been on a business trip the last couple of days, and was standing in the security line in Atlanta, which if you haven't had the "joy" of being at Atlanta's security checkpoint before, you are NOT missing out. It generally takes about 40 minutes to get through the line.

Anyway, here comes behind us a TSA guy leading a group of about 30 soldiers in summer fatigue. They'd just mustered out at some base nearby after serving in Iraq, and were on their ways to home. The entire crowd just burst into spontaneous applause. I stood there with tears rolling down my face thinking how thrilled their loved ones would be to see their sons/daughters/husbands/wives/fathers/mothers home safe. But there they were so young, and brave and really, really proud to be in uniform.

It was incredibly moving.

I also tend to get choked up during the William Tell Overture on the 4th of July.

Julie in Ohio said...

MK-- I was just thinking about you and here you are. {{HUGS}}
I'm glad you're back all safe and sound.


During our 4th of July festivities, my town reads off a list of all currently deployed service men & women from the town. They started this during the Gulf War and it's become a tradition. One that chokes me up every time.

Playground Monitor said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie when she came to my RWA chapter's Romance Readers' Luncheon last month. What a sweet, beautiful soul she has.

I'm proud of our soldiers too because they're sacrificing for a war that looks impossible. At least the populace is behind the troops even if they disagree with the war, something that didn't happen with Vietnam.

Have y'all ever heard the Sandi Patty version of "The Star Spangled Banner?" It'll make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

I always say that my mom is my real-life hero. She was widowed at age 43 with two teenage daughters, but she mustered on and kept home and hearth together. She's 80 now and facing the loss of her very best friend, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer a week ago. But she'll soldier on and get through that too.

Great to see you here Debbie!

Marilyn

Playground Monitor said...

Oh... I forgot. Kelley St. John (writes for Warner and Blaze) told about being on a plane to Reno 2 years ago and a soldier asked if folks would help him with a task. Of course everyone was willing. So as each volunteer got off the plane, they searched for a woman he'd described and presented her with a rose. Then he walked up with the final rose, dropped to one knee and proposed. Is that just not the most romantic thing you've ever heard of????? He may have been coming back from the war or heading to it. But he wanted that woman to know how much he loved her.

I've been in airports lots when groups of soldiers come off planes and they get standing ovations. Makes you proud to be an American, cause at least I know I'm free... and I won't forget the men that died to keep our country free... Oops... sorry. Got carried away singing. ;-)

Marilyn

Julie in Ohio said...

Marilyn-- I get misty every time I hear that song and I sing it loud and proud much to my children's embarrassment. :o)

MaryKate said...

Whitney Houston sings a dilly of a version of the Star Spangled Banner too.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Everyone,
I'm so moved by all your messages and glad we shave a love for the military.

Portia, my husband was in the military when we were married and one of the groomsmen in our wedding was a UK military officer. He looked dashing, I might add, wearing his uniform and standing so proudly on the altar next to my hubby! God bless all the forces around the globe who work to keep freedom alive!

Hi Marilyn! Thanks for hosting the wonderful Readers Luncheon in Huntsville. Everyone was so warm and welcoming. And Huntsville is a dream of a town. I'll be back next year, if not before!

Julie, I'm a buckeye and an Ohio State grad! I agree that we owe a big thank you to all who "serve" in helping professions. Police, fire and rescue are heroes as well!

Marykate, just like you, I've been in the Atlanta airport when the guys and gals straight off the plane from Iraq walk through the concourse. You're right, folks always start to applaud. I've also been that proud mom waiting for my son to make his way through customs so I could shower him with hugs and kisses. There's nothing better than a homecoming!

Stacia, be sure to thank your Marine friends for me! Three tours in Iraq must be tough!

Debby

LizeeS said...

I don't come from a family with a big military history (my dad served in Korea) so I don't know the pain (and pride?) of sending a loved one off to serve. I can only try to imagine how frightening it would be to put my son or daughter (or brother/sister/wife/husband) on that plane. So let me say, that while I absolutely share everyone's teary eyed, grateful reaction when the applause hits for a returning soldier, my hat is also off to those left behind waiting. They are definitely sacrificing for our freedom as well.

Thanks Debby for blogging. I haven't read your books yet - they are absolutely on my list now!

Keira Soleore said...

What a great blog, Debbie, and welcome to RBTB. It's just 11 o'clock here, so I can still say Buongiorno, Bellas. :)

My heart's always with the relief aid workers who go into horrific circumstances with nothing to protect them other than their faith in the power of healing. They offer up their expertise and life in the hope that they can make a positive difference in the lives of the people barely survivng.

Maureen said...

My daughter recently graduated from high school and standing there with thousands of others while the high school band played the national anthem was very moving.

Mary Connealy said...

The military played a big part in my families life.
My grandfather was nearly killed by mustard gas in WWI and he was ailing all his life. Part of the result of that is my father was his only child.
My father served in Korea. He left two weeks after my parents got married. They'd been dating a long while but the engagement was two weeks long. For the rest of her life, even now, my mom cries at good-byes, especially at airports, even if someone's just going somewhere for the weekend. And often she'll reminisce at moments like that about saying goodbye to my dad.
I've got three brothers-in-law who served, including one who's retired Navy.
Another was a paratrooper who parachuted into Panama. He's got this insanely cool tatoo on his arm that says, Fly High, Fight Hard, Die Free.
Now my neice is in the Army and scheduled for deployment to Irag. So everything that's going on over there is very much in our minds. Her mother is both extremely proud and scared to death.
Great blog, Debby and I LOVED Nowhere to Hide. A fantastic debut novel and I can't wait for the next ones.

Anonymous said...

Hi Debby!
The greatest joy in my life is to be married to your son, my own personal war hero. Never will we forget the sad day we said good-bye, nor will we forget the glorious day we welcomed him home.

That sliver of time when the soldiers of the 101st marched off the plane, home, and into the arms of their loved ones will be forever encased in my memory.

Your life as a military daughter, wife and mother has been inspiration for so much of your writing.Your books capture the true essence of not only the soldiers, but the heart of all people. You are an inspiration to me!

We are so proud of you! Much love!
Katie Giusti

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks for saying hello, Lizees! No doubt about it, there's nothing good about goodbye when sending a loved one off to war. My heart goes out to all the families who sacrifice so much while their service member is deployed far from home.

I'm with you, Keira! Relief aid workers are on my heroes list!

Patriotic music has an effect on me as well, Maureen. And forget TAPS -- I always fall apart when it's played.
Debby

Cherie J said...

Thanks for being here. I was happy to learn more about your books. I love the Love Inspired Suspense line and appreciated learning more about a new author to the line.

As for my heroes, My husband served in the U.S. Navy some years ago and I am very proud of him as well as all our soldiers. It is due to their risking their lives everyday that we live in the "home of the brave and free". God bless them and their families and God bless America!

Julie in Ohio said...

GO BUCKS!! Woo Hoo! :oD


MK-- I love Whitney's Star Spangled Banner. I actually bought the single when it came out.

Debby Giusti said...

Okay, Bellas, now you know that I have the sweetest daughter-in-law in the whole world! Thanks, Katie, for posting such a beautiful message.

Katie and my son met online while he was deployed the first time to Iraq. I know her letters, care packages and emails buoyed his spirits while he was far from home. When he returned to the States, they met face-to-face for the first time, fell in love and got married. (Sounds like a romance novel, doesn't it?) Six months after their wedding, his unit--the 101st Airborne Division--returned to Iraq, and Katie was the faithful, prayful wife who supported him through it all.
You're one of the heroes we're taking about today, Katie! Love you!
Debby

Julie in Ohio said...

Ya'll are making me weepy...


I would have to add teachers to my list of heroes. They are the unsung heroes of the daily life. Heck, anyone who puts up with my kids five days a week for 7 hours straight ought to get a medal...or at least a raise. :o)

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for stoping by! I had no idea you had such a history of heroes in your family. We owe a debt of gratitude to them all! Give your niece a big cyber hug for me before she deploys. Tell her we'll all be praying for her safety!
Debby

Debby Giusti said...

I agree with you Cherie J -- God Bless America! Give your hubby an extra hug tonight for his service to our country. Glad you enjoy the Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense line. I feel so fortunate to be working with such wonderful editors who go the extra mile to ensure each story they publish is a great read.

Debby

Jacquie D said...

Hi Debbie! So glad you let me know you would be here today! My dad is a WWII vet (was stationed here in Georgia at Fort Benning). I've dedicated a number of books to our brave troops who work so hard and risk their lives to keep us safe. The last few flights I've taken everyone on the plane applauded for the guys and gals in uniform--brought a lump to my throat. We have a flag we purchased at Pearl Harbor, one that actually flew over the Arizona Memorial, and we fly it with pride. I know how proud you are of your wonderful son. Bet he's just as proud of his wonderful mom!
xox Jacquie D'Alessandro

Playground Monitor said...

Wow a real-life online romance that worked out. You read such horror stories about online stuff yet here's a shining example of how it can work. That's a great story about your son and Katie.

Marilyn

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Jacquie, thanks for all you do to support our troops! Not only are you a wonderful writer, but you're a wonderful person as well!

Jacquie and I are members of Georgia Romance Writers. Our chapter is always willing to help others and so many of the authors sent books and care packages to the men in my son's unit while he was deployed. At Christmas, more than 100 boxes were shipped so the soldiers would have gifts to open.

Debby

TANYA MICHAELS said...

Hi Debby! I join you in your patriotic mood. My dad was an Army Ranger and my foster sister is in the Middle East right now. Every year, my kids and I go to the Georgia Renassiance Festival and there are a couple of performers who take their shows over their to entertian the troops. They sold a CD of "Operation Swashbuckle" that had clips of their shows but was more like a documentary, a really three-dimensional reminder of the conditions. But you know what? As absolutely heroic as those men and women over there are, their families here hold a very special place in my heart and prayers. One of my best friends spent most of her pregnancy with her husband in the Middle East and she was amazing about it and about trying to keep him involved as much as possible, given the distance.

I think the heroes of your books sound wonderful, Debby, and I'm particularly looking forward to MIA in Atlanta. Thanks for the sneak peeks of what's to come!

Tanya

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

ack. So as if I didn't check the spelling of her last name a bazillion times before this post, turns out I had Debby's FIRST name spelled wrong earlier. Mi scusi, DebbY! I'm such a goofball...

Welcome, Katie! What a lovely tribute to your mother-in-law. She's definitely one of those women who make a special impression even over the Inet. So happy to hear your true life romance story, and so thankful to you and your husband for the sacrifices you make as soldier and supportive family.

Debby Giusti said...

Hoo-ah (as the guy's say) for your dad, Tanya! And hugs for foster sis! Your friend who endured pregnancy with a deployed hubby deserves a medal! Army Wives are strong women. Her story proves the point.

By the way, Tanya is another one of our wonderful GRW authors who does so much for our local chapter. She's also the program chair for this year's National RWA conference. Thanks for all your hard work, Tanya!

Debby

Debby Giusti said...

Hey, Michelle, no problemo! (Is that Italian?) With last names like ours, we're used to mix-ups, right? Before we were married, my hubby claimed Giusti was like Smith in Italian. I didn't believe him then; don't believe him now.

By the way, people always ask how to pronounce my last name so I made up a little rhyme: Think of juice and tea to remember me. JUICE-TEA is the official pronunciation of Giusti . . . although I answer to just about anything! LOL

LizeeS said...

Just have to pose one question - since everyone loves so many different versions of the National Anthem, could we somehow start a movement that would get people SINGING the SSB at events where it's played? Or, at least, take a vow to be the ones singing even if no-one else does so?

It always makes me so sad (and, I admit, a little peeved) when nobody sings our national anthem anymore. It's not an easy song, I know, but it isn't about talent ...

Such great stories you all have!

Debby Giusti said...

Lizees, I have to agree! It troubles me when folks don't join in singing the National Anthem. Let's make a Bella pact to always belt it out. Okay, I don't have a voice; so don't stand close to me because I will be singing. The Star-Spangled Banner needs to be sung loud and clear!

Debby

LeeAnn said...

Wow all of these posts are so wonderful and inspirational. Thanks Debby for the wonderful post. I can’t even imagine what the family’s go through when they have a loved one on deploy. And it is nice to see that people are at least supportive of the troops even though their not of the war, because like Marilyn said it wasn’t the same for the Vietnam vets. That always makes me think of the country song Have you Forgotten. I always say that I was born with the patriotic sprit since I was born two weeks early and on the fourth of July. I always tell my Mom that I wanted to make it to the party.

Kristen Painter said...

My hero is my husband, retired Air Force Lt. Colonel. He spent nearly 22 years in service to his country and I'm proud to be married to such a great guy.

Debby Giusti said...

The Fourth of July is such a special day to have a birthday, Leeann! Oh, my gosh! Everyone's celebrating. Fireworks, parades, picnics! Bet you loved it when you were a kid!

Since you've got such a patriotic birthday, I want to send you a copy of my debut novel, NOWHERE TO HIDE. Be sure and email your address to Michelle and she'll send it on to me.

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and glorious Fourth of July!
Debby

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I always think it's humorous how everyone always sings the last line of the SSB! But the truth from this former opera singer? The SSB is, like, one of the hardest songs to sing for anybody, so I really feel for folks who try to hit the notes. It's in nobody's key, is always sung too slow-- so nobody gets to breathe -- and the notes are all over the place. But still, that tune means something to folks all over the world (even if it is an old drinkin tune, right?) :)

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Kristen! Mega hugs for your hero hubby! He IS a great guy! And thanks to you for supporting him throughout his 22 years of service to our country! You deserve a hug too!

Gerb said...

We were on a family vacation last Christmas and met a young soldier who was on leave aboard the elevator at the Eiffel Tower. He was so polite and self-effacing, answering my questions with yes, ma'am, no, ma'am. He spoke of the harsh conditions in the desert and about missing his friends and family back home. I was proud to get to know that soldier that day and honored that he would give up so much to defend my freedom.

Gerb

Joyce said...

All our men and women in the military no matter where they are serving are doing such a great job.

LeeAnn said...

Wow Debby Thank You So Much!!!!! You just made my day. It was pretty cool growing up because I got to have the big party with my family every year and some years I got a separate party to have with my friend’s since none would be able to come on my actual birthday, because they were all with their families. So thank you again I can’t wait to read it!!

Keira Soleore said...

Debby, you've been the inspiration for such heartfelt comments here. I loved the story of your son and Katie.

Katie, what a great tribute to Debby.

There is an RWA chapter the RomVets, who are an amazing set of women. They've served the country, and some are serving even now, and they write and have sold romance novels. WOW!!

LizeeS said...

One last question to Portia and all our other "out of the US" Bellas - what sort of "support the troops" discussions and issues do you have where you live? With all the talk about our Star Spangled Banner (Michelle is absolutely right - an old English drinkin' tune!) and Independence Day, I'm wondering how patriotism is celebrated in your lives.

(Reminds me of the old school kid joke - Is there a Fourth of July in England? Answer: of course, there's a fourth of July in every country.)

Never said it was a good joke :-)

Debby Giusti said...

Gerb, I bet that soldier you met in the Eiffel Tower was glad to see someone from "home!" I'm sure you made his day!

Ditto your comment, Joyce! The men and women in uniform are doing so much good around the world.

We had a story in our local paper about a soldier, heading for Iraq, who said goodbye to his dad in the Atlanta airport. The soldier settled into his seat on board, but he was on the opposite side of the plane from the terminal. Evidently someone clued in the pilot who made an annoucement over the P.A. system. He thanked the soldier for his dedication to our country, and everyone cheered. Then the pilot turned the plane around so the young man could see his dad, waving to him from the terminal window. The man who wrote the piece was sitting next to the soldier. He said everyone had tears in their eyes. As you can imagine, the soldier was choked up, as well.

Debby

PS When Mary Connealy posted earlier I failed to mention that she has a great debut novel out now. Petticoat Ranch is a hoot to read, but it also tugs at your heartstrings. Congrats, Mary, on your writing success!

Debby Giusti said...

Keira, thanks for bringing up the RomVets! At one time, I had the address for the guy who worked in the Kuwait library where the service men and women stop on their way in and out of Iraq. Wouldn't it be great to encourage folks to send books to that library? Paperbacks would be perfect because they could be given away to the military personnel to be read at their next duty assignment. If I find the address, I'll send it to Michelle.

Debby

orannia said...

Afternoon Michelle and Bellas and Welcome Debbie!

I'm sorry I'm so late - I've been at the hospital with my mother (she's having chemotherapy).

I'm from New Zealand so our armed forces are rather small, but I have the greatest respect and admiration for all those who serve their country, in whatever capacity. I'd also like to express my awe at the dedication and empathy of all those in the medical profession - the nurses at the Oncology Outpatients Clinic my mother was at this morning are warm and positive and always have time for questions. How they do that day after day I don't know.

So, to all those who serve, thank you. And thank you Debbie for writing such a thought-provoking post and all the best with your book release! I don't know if you've reached NZ yet, but I'll be looking for you :)

orannia

Debby Giusti said...

Orannia,
My next-door neighbor is from New Zealand -- such a beautiful country. I'm not sure if Steeple Hill is selling there, yet. If not, I hope it won't be long before they expand their market!

You're so right about the nurses, doctors and allied medical professionals who care for the sick. Sorry your mom is in the midst of chemo. I'll be praying for her return to good health.

Debby

Anonymous said...

Thank you Michelle, Keira and Playgound Monitor.

This is my first time blogging on any website, and I have to say after reading all the lovely patriotic tributes, and wonderful stories that the Bella's have shared, I just might have to continue.

If you know Debby, you know that she is as genuine and sincere as she is talented, and patriotic. Upon reading this blog once more this evening, and reflecting on the question she posed, I feel that you all might enjoy the complete story of how my husband and I met. It is a little more in depth than just meeting on-line.

You see, Debby and I actually met about 4 months prior to her son coming home from his first tour of duty in Iraq.

I was teaching 4th grade at a private school in Atlanta at the time. My class was required to complete a service project before Christmas. At a dinner party for a friend, I was discussing with the hostess my need for this project. Her husband was also deployed, and she was starting this project called "Operation Christmas" which would send Christmas ornaments, trees, lights and cards to the soldiers in Iraq.

I readily volunteered my 27 4th graders to help with the task. But rather than give me the name of the unit, she suggested that I just adopt 1 soldier. After a couple of formal e-mails, I soon discovered that this soldier could possibly be my future husband! And he was.

On Halloween, Debby called and invited me to meet her, and her husband one Sunday after church. I agreed and we had dinner that evening. From that point on, I had dinner at the Giusti home every other weekend prior to meeting their son. I enjoyed their company so much, I was a little nervous that I wouldn't like him!

But lo and behold, he came home and we me at the Giusti home on February 4th. We were engaged 6 months later,and married 6 months after that.
Life as a military wife is not easy, but I have the romantic fairy tale so many dream of, and write about. And, since this is a Romance Blog, and you were all reading about the mother of my Prince Charming, I thought you all might enjoy!
Have a wonderful evening! It has been a pleasure reading your posts!

I hope you enjoy Debby's books!

Playground Monitor said...

Awww, thank you Katie for sharing the "rest of the story" as Paul Harvey would say. As a mother, I know that Debby's thrilled to have such a wonderful woman for a daughter-in-law. I know I'm blessed with a terrific DIL and an adorable one-year-old granddaughter.

Shameless plug -- you can see pix of her b'day party at www.grammytales.blogspot.com.

Marilyn

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks, Katie, for sharing the details of your beautiful love story! And you're right, Marilyn, I am blessed to have such a wonderful daughter-in-law!

Debby

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks, Michelle, for inviting me to your blogspot! And thanks for the warm welcome from all the Bellas! I've had so much fun today.

A final thanks to all our service members deployed around the world. God bless them all!
Debby

Rainy said...

It goes without saying that when I see our brave military giving up so much that my heart goes out to them. Mostly I look at these children who are out in such horrible situations.
My love and respect goes out to them and to their families.

catslady said...

All our military men and women and especially those who serve in what I call unwinnable wars - my husband served in Viet Nam.

ScrollSquirrel said...

Great pictures and post, ladies! I loved Nowhere to Hide and can't wait to read Scared to Death. My father is a VietNam vet and still a hero. He's steadfast, iron-will determined and fiercely protective of everything he loves. I could name a hundred traits that I think make up, but in essensce, courage defines him, and I love to read and write about this type of hero.

Great blog! Thanks, Debby, for sharing the link!

Hugs,

Cheryl Wyatt

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Portia Da Costa said...

Lizees, hi!

One last question to Portia and all our other "out of the US" Bellas - what sort of "support the troops" discussions and issues do you have where you live? With all the talk about our Star Spangled Banner (Michelle is absolutely right - an old English drinkin' tune!) and Independence Day, I'm wondering how patriotism is celebrated in your lives.

In answer to your question... There's certainly a lot of coverage on the television about our servicemen overseas, so they're constantly in people's thoughts and there are debates in the media about whether troops should or shouldn't be deployed in Iraq and other areas.

Patriotism? It's difficult to define how it's celebrated. Our National Anthem is sung at events, flags flown on certain days. Some people are more patriotic than others... Older folk are often more patriotic than younger ones, but obviously that's just a generalisation. There's a strong national spirit during times of global sporting events, and the Queen's Jubilees and suchlike... but at other times, it's more diffuse and understated.

ev said...

Today of all days I missed the chat due to a very long day at work.

Pooh.

Cinthia Hamer said...

Good morning, Bellas, Michelle and Debbi! Sorry I'm so late chiming in on this...had to work and couldn't post, but couldn't resist this subject as it's one that's near and dear to my heart.

I'm absolutely ga-ga over a man in uniform! They are my heroes. Whether it's a soldier fighting for my freedom or a firefighter standing in the mall for a boot drive.

I think it all started b/c my dad and his brothers all served at the same time in WWII--and all came home with nary a scratch. Each of them credited it to God watching over them. Every one of them were medics...and we all know that medics are prime targets.

The stories I've been told raise goosebumps.

Well, that's my two cents worth. Sorry I missed all the fun!

Debbi, hope I see you Saturday.