Celebrating Our Veterans

Heroes are important to writers — especially thriller and suspense writers. They are key to making a plot work, for giving us swoon worthy moments, for making our pulses race and our hearts beat faster as we turn page after page.

But no matter how well we write a character, there is nothing that compares to real life heroes. Ordinary people, sometimes with extraordinary skills, all with enormous courage to confront horrific situations and keep us safe.

NJ Coast Guard (c) Diana Belchase 2011

Today is Veteran’s Day, where we honor the men and women in the Armed Forces who so bravely serve the United States. Increasingly it’s a day we forget about. Lost in the maze of ethnic history months, pilgrims, trick or treaters, and holiday sales — all worthy events — we often disregard it as little more than a note on a pre-printed calendar.

But Veteran’s Day is important. So much so that today is also when others in the world also honor their military personnel. Canada, Australia, and Britain call it Remembrance Day but it’s the same holiday.

So often our unsung heroes are never thanked for the sacrifices they’ve made to protect us all. They receive poor pay, tremendous responsibility, dangerous accommodations, and they do it all with a smile. It’s now our turn to say, “Hey, thanks for being there, for serving, for doing for me what I cannot do for myself.”

So, to all our Vets, and also to those in clandestine service where there is no holiday — officers in the 512px-JTACCIA, NSA, FBI, Homeland Security, Secret Service, and too many others to list, I’m sending you all a huge


Each and every one of you — whether on the battlefield or behind a desk– work as a team to keep us and much of the world safe. You humble us with your sacrifice. Our debt to you will never be repaid. God bless you and keep you safe.

Please let our vets know how much they mean to you by leaving a comment HERE or below. We’ll spread the word to make sure they are seen.

About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website: TopSecretWashington.com, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DianaBelchase See you there!

Posted on November 11, 2014, in Diana Belchase and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Thanks for a nice tribute to our veterans! And don’t forget to honor the heroines too. 🙂 I’m thankful to everyone who serves, or has served, for their commitment and sacrifice. They are in my thoughts and my heart all year round. ❤

  2. Great post, Diana! Thank you! And thanks to all our men and women serving in the military and their wonderful families.

  3. Thanks for commenting here and on my site, Gwen and Carey! And yes, heroes means heroines, too. Women in the military are a special brand of hero/heroine — able to fight in the trenches and still get all girly and sexy for their husbands and take care of the kiddos at home. Hugs to all of you!

  4. What a wonderful post, Diana. I wish we could get the link to some military sites. 😦

    Today my brother comes home from Afghanistan for good. I think it’s so neat that it’s THIS day. Of course, he’s not just flying back to the US as fast as he can (like I would have!) Instead he’s getting on the QE2 and cruising back. Guess he deserves it. 😉

    Thank you for honoring all vets- male and female, Diana!

  5. A beautiful post, Diana! As the wife of a vet (as well as a daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and aunt) I love this holiday and truly appreciate everything the men and women in my family have given up in their service to others.

  6. Thanks so much, Sharon! Hugs! And please tell your DH thank you from me as well.

  7. I didn’t get a chance to get online on veterans day, but I just want to take a sec and give a shout out to all those brave men and women who don’t think of themselves when it comes to protecting us…the regular people, and our way of life.
    I also want to bring to attention the fact that we (the normal people) sometimes don’t take care of those very important soldiers who put their lives on the line for our way of life.
    I wish I weren’t so old, I’d go back to school and be a nurse so some of those wounded, broken boys and girls would have one more loving heart to come home to.
    Most of our VA hospitals and care giving facilities for the veterans are in sad, sorry shape.
    K, getting off the soap box now. 🙂

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