Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Memorial Day Contest!
As all Americans prepare to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 30th, I'd like to bring attention to it. Here in Bermuda, we celebrate Remembrance Day on November 11th - also a hallowed holiday meant to bring honor and remembrance to our Veterans and those who lost their lives in the fight for freedom.
Because my book, Yesterday's Tomorrow, takes place during The Vietnam War, I have a very special place in my heart when it comes to the brave men and women who so willingly put their lives on the line so that we may enjoy freedom, whatever country we live in.
I can't imagine what it must have been like to live through a war. I remember the stories my father and my grandmother would tell about their experiences in Belfast during WW2. My Dad was evacuated with his brothers out to the country. I know that one of my uncles on my mom's side of the family flew fighter planes. I wish I had more stories. More of a legacy to pass on to my own children who know so little of war and therefore have no respect for it.
Without getting into politics, I believe as long as we are on this earth, there will be war in some way shape or form. I don't like it, but that's the world we live in. Wouldn't it be nice to say, "What if they called a war and nobody came?" But that's not reality.
And so, as long as we live in the reality of seeing men and women leave their families and loved ones for far off lands to do a job not many are willing to do, we need to honor them. We need to give them the highest respect and admiration. We need to embrace their families in our communities and pray for the safety of their soldiers.
I would love to hear your stories - do you have a soldier in your family? Are you a Veteran or do you know one? Have you been affected by war in any way? If you can't say yes to those questions, write a short story that honors veterans. Fiction or poetry, whatever you like.
Send me your stories (do try to keep them short, we're not after the Pulitzer) and photographs too! I will publish them all on my blog and we'll vote for the winner. So if you want your story to win, you'll need to send people here to vote!!
The winner will receive an autographed copy of Yesterday's Tomorrow, and something special from Bermuda!
Can't wait to hear from you!
Posted by Catherine West at 6:04 AM