Random Rambles: Memorial Day Giveaway

military items 003My father served in the armed forces in the Corps of Engineers. My father's father served in the armed forces.  My mother's father served in the armed forces. My mother's father's father served, as did my mother's uncle.

My family line, since the time of the Revolutionary War–and even prior–has served in the military in some capacity. I'm an eligible for membership in DAR (the Daughters of the American Revolution) although I'm not one. I grew up traveling the eastern seaboard of the United States, seeing the landmarks where American history was made.

I have been to almost every single battlefield of the Revolutionary and Civil wars. I have seen trees bearing the scars of bullets from hundreds of years ago, and been to places where I could feel the impact of war on it. You can see it in the pockmarked rocks, you can feel it in the air, as if perhaps the ghosts of the fallen do still linger where they fell in battle. I have walked through forests, pausing to find a bullet from two hundred years ago. I still have one upstairs, irrefutable proof of what people will do for what they believe in.

Tomorrow, no matter what country you live in, no matter which country you swear allegiance, it is a time to stop and remember those who have come together. It is a time to stop and mourn.

It is also a time to celebrate. Their sacrifice was not without cause, not without reward, and never forgotten.

I will be giving away a set of my novels, in format of choice, in celebration of memorial day.

Who in your life has served? Who in your life has made that ultimate sacrifice? Who in your life is serving now, laying it all on the line for what they believe in?

This giveaway is for those who serve in the armed forces, have served, or are preparing to serve. This giveaway is for the spouses and children of those who are serving, who have served, or are preparing to serve.

To win, simply tell your story in the comments below–or write a blog post about it and link it to me on twitter, facebook, or google+. I will read all of the stories pick one to win the main prize.

Paperback copies will go to US addresses. If you do not live in the US, you will receive e-copies of the books. (Arrangements may be made for active members of the armed forces, but I don't know the costs or details of shipping overseas!)

Thank you for your sacrifice and everything you have done for your country–no matter which country it is for, or what you believe.

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David Litster says May 25, 2014

I have just discovered that I had an ancestor fight in the revolution, but I would have to look him up for an exact relationship. Recently, though, I don’t have any veterans in my family until my father, who never left the states. Myself, all three of my brothers, and two of my sisters all served, though, and each saw at least one tour in a war zone. Some of us came through OK, although quiet about it. Others of us, not so much.

    RJBlain says May 25, 2014

    Thank you!

    It must be hard adjusting back. I know in Canada, they’re really pushing for recovery programs for soldiers. They’re running a large government-funded program right now encouraging veterans to enroll in work training the government is offering them.

    My grandfather and great uncle always seemed to be back in the war… a distance, of sorts… as if parts of them never really made it home.

bochumshapenotesinger says May 26, 2014


My great-granduncle made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. He was killed in action in France in 1918, in the first combat operation in which his division participated. He was 22 years old. Ironically, he was rejected as underweight when he tried to enlist in 1916 to go with his local National Guard regiment to the Mexican border in pursuit of Pancho Villa.

When President Wilson called for troops to fight in France, my great-granduncle was able to enlist, had his basic training at Waco, TX and then shipped out to France via Hoboken, NJ.

When he was killed in action on July 31, 1918, his remains were buried on the battlefield and then reinterred at what was to become an overseas National Cemetery. His family requested that his remains be brought home to the US. This request was honored and my uncle was buried in the family plot in Sheboygan, WI.

Since then, many of my relatives and I have served in various branches of the military. I just wanted to honor my great-granduncle’s sacrifice and tell his story here. I hope you find it interesting.



    RJBlain says May 26, 2014

    Thank you so very much, both to you, your family, and your great-grand uncle! I am very glad that he eventually made his way back home!

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