We can’t believe the One Unified Project has just passed its six month anniversary. How time flies! We’ve heard and shared so many incredible stories since our inception in October. As we reflected on them, we thought “Why not share some of these stories again?” But the dilemma with so many great choices, was HOW to choose. Solution: Share our top 10 stories by viewership. Voila!
The stories we’re going to be re-sharing this week range from the entertaining and funny to heartfelt and informative. Our hope is that you see one of your favorites or maybe read a story you missed in the past, but mostly that you find a unifying tie. Either way, we hope you’ll share us and the stories with your Facebook, Twitter (and any other social media we’re on), family and friends. While you’re at it, encourage them to like us and share us as well.
We thank you for being a part of these last six months and can’t wait to continue this exciting venture with you by our side.
Without further ado, we bring you the first of the Best of the Best.
Our Veteran’s Day tribute to our military was one of our most popular weeks. We were flooded with comments and memories of the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. Our top honors that week went to our ‘Some Gave All’ introduction post. Originally posted on November 10, 2014, that and all of the other posts from the week can be found here.
Some Gave All
This nation shall remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave” ~Elmer Davis
Tuesday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day here in the United States. For some it’s a day of reflection. For others, a day of somber remembrance. For some it’s a day of pride and hope. No matter what the day means to you personally, I think we can all agree one one thing. Veteran’s Day is a day to pause and say a heartfelt thank you to every brave man and women who donned the uniform of any one of our branches of the armed forces. A day to say thank you to people who, when called to duty, went without question or regard to their personal safety. A day to say thank you to men and women who left their spouses and partners, parents who left their children, friends and lovers and neighbors who left it all behind when duty called. Some would return, some would never get the chance. And although their family’s pain is palpable, no matter how much time has passed, their service and their sacrifice remains a point of pride for them. It is a point of pride for all of us. No matter how you feel about politics, about war, about military service, it’s almost impossible not to look at a photo of, or into the eyes of, someone who has put their life on the line because they believed. They believed that their service was needed. They believed that there was honor in their quest. They believed that they were a part of something larger than themselves. And we believe it too. And that is the legacy of Veteran’s Day. That is the legacy we owe them. That is the legacy of every person who did not make it home.
We were so blessed and fortunate to be able to talk to people who served. I can not begin to thank these people enough for sharing their personal accounts of military life. We spoke to people currently in the service, and those retired from duty. We talked to people about the reserves, about active duty, about being in combat, losing someone fighting alongside you, and even to a couple who met, married and had a baby, all while serving. We spoke to people who did not serve in the military but who serve a great purpose as the support system behind those who do. We spoke to those who lost loved ones while in service. And we looked within ourselves to share our personal accounts of losing someone to the unspeakable tragedy of war.
We truly believe in this site and in this subject. We hope that in honor of Veteran’s Day, and as a way to respectfully tip your hat to all vets and their families, you will check back every day this week to see who we are speaking to, who we are honoring, and what we are sharing in honor of the women and men of our United Stated Armed Forces….
Michelle & Noelle