Veterans Day Celebration + FREE Printable

With Veterans Day being celebrated this week; I thought it may be a good time to share a bit about some of my favorite veterans. I come from a long line of veterans who have served our country proudly and one who even made the ultimate sacrifice. Truth is, I need a place to put this information for my kids and grandkids to reference, so stick with me and grab the FREE printable at the end.

what is veterans day and why do we celebrate it?

Veterans Day is a federal holiday reserved to honor all of those who have served our country in war or peace whether they are deceased or living.  It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. While most use this day to appreciate the living veterans and their sacrifice; it is also, a time we spend reflecting on past loved ones who served. Memorial Day is a special day set aside specifically for remembering those who lost their lives serving while Veterans Day is for honoring all who have served in our military past and present.

remembering loved ones on veterans day

I have a long list of veterans to celebrate for this special occasion. Where do I even begin? I’ll start on my mother’s side of the family with Uncle Pete Fuller who served in combat with the marines in the Vietnam War. My Aunt Mary Fuller served as a Naval nurse as did her daughter, my cousin, Lori Buehler.   

Fred Barnett, my father served in the Navy and his side of the family is flooded with military heroes. Marshall Barnett, my uncle was a pilot during WWII and was shot down and MIA at the age of eighteen. He has been hailed over the years and currently has a street in Dallas, TX named in his honor. Marshall D. Barnett, Jr. photo

Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Marshall David Barnett, Jr. (NSN: 0-264306), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scout Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron THIRTEEN (VB-13), attached to the U.S.S. FRANKLIN (CV-13), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sibuyan Sea during the Air Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Barnett fought his plane boldly and with relentless determination despite accurate and intense anti-aircraft fire during a brilliantly executed attack on a Japanese light cruiser. With his plane badly damaged by a burst of hostile fire in the execution of his dive, he continued his same daring tactics and released his bomb load at perilously low altitude to score a direct hit on the enemy ship. By his superb flying ability, indomitable fighting spirit and cool courage, maintained at great personal risk, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Barnett contributed immeasurably to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in this vital war area. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 0608 (January 29, 1945)
Action Date: October 24, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Bombing Squadron 13 (VB-13)
Division: U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13)

Marshall David Barnett imageMarshall David Barnett, my grandfather also served over the years as a Commander in the Navy during WWII and constructed Admiral Nimitz’s Pacific headquarters during the war as well as the first flying boat.  This is an amazing memoir on him.  When the war was over, he contributed to the architecture and development of Dallas from Park Cities Baptist church to Preston Hollow to Bryan Parkway and Swiss Avenue to Lakewood. Marshall Barnett, Hugh Prather and Charles Barnett (his brother) were charter members of the National Association of Homebuilders. Marshall Barnett and his business partner purchased a Ford tri-motor plane, secured a government contract and started American Airlines. Marshall David Barnett's Obituary

On my husband’s side of the family there are many who served in our military as well. “Bud” Ferguson, my father in law was a very proud marine who also became a contractor in the Dallas, TX area for over 50 years following his service to our country.

veterans day celebrations

As long as I can remember, my children have been a part of their school’s veterans day celebrations. Each year the school would put on a nice ceremony to honor those who have served our nation. It included the band playing, lots of flags and heartfelt speeches from real heroes. 

Veterans day is an important day of reflection on how amazingly blessed we are to live in a country that is free and the price that was paid for that freedom. Some paid with their time, others with their health- mental as well as physical. Selflessly, some paid with their life.

For everyone reading this that has served in our military I salute you, I celebrate you on this special day and always. Thanks to you our freedoms are safe. Thank you.

veterans day printable

Use this FREE printable to make a card or frame it to create a special memory and to honor someone who has served. If you’re unsure how to use printables, I’ve got you covered with details HERE. 

happy veterans day free printable

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  1. Andrea Johnson says:

    I’m a new follower and first time trying to download. I love the Veteran’s Day printable. I would love to use it in my scrapbooking, but I’m not finding a download button? If I copy the image, it comes with the watermark.

    1. southerncrush says:

      It’s in the middle of this post above. Just click on the link and follow the instructions to download the copy without the watermark.

      1. Andrea Johnson says:

        The only link I find is to the “how to use” blog post. Nothing that downloads. The header “Veteran’s Day Printable” is blue but isn’t clickable. Is that supposed to be the link?

  2. Lori L East says:

    How do I get the Veterans Day printable?

    1. southerncrush says:

      It’s in the middle of this post above. Just click on the link.

  3. Marsha Smith says:

    Thank you so much for the printable..And a Grateful Thank You to your Family of Veteran’s..My son was in the USMC and served in Afghanistan.He is now home and is a Law Enforcement Officer… Military Families are very special…

    1. southerncrush says:

      You’re so welcome!

  4. This is wonderful! I wish more Americans understood the sacrifices these families choose so we are free!

    1. southerncrush says:

      YES!!! Thank you!

  5. Lisa Retzer says:

    Hi! Thank you for sharing your story! I can’t get the link for the printable to work either. I clicked it and nothing happened. My grandson is a Marine on active duty. He has followed in his great grandpa and uncle’s footsteps! I would love to have the printable. It’s just that nothing happens. Thanks!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank your grandson for his service please. The printable works, just try another device or a new browser if you haven’t already. Thank you!

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