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By Terry Pettee

November of each year two dates are set aside as memorable.  These two dates are inseparably linked, though rarely acknowledged as such.  Those two dates are November 11 and the fourth Thursday of November.  Most readers realize these two dates as Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day in America.

I purposely refrain from referring to these two dates as Holidays as is the common calendar designation for them.  In my mind they are Memorial Days.  Those days were set aside to aside to thank God for the blessing of living in a free nation along while remembering those who made and make freedom a reality.


During the month of November 2018, Blue Water Healthy Living honored patriots and the men and women of the American armed forces who have and continue to sacrificially service to preserve the freedom we all enjoy.

You, Reader, are encouraged to help us continue to honor our patriots by submitting for posting, your thoughts, your accounts, your memories and your heartfelt appreciation for the freedom we cherish.

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Terry Pettee is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where his undergraduate study prepared him for a career in secondary education. Prior to attending EMU, he was Editor-In-Chief of the Erie Square Gazette while a student at the St. Clair County Community College. Between his community college and university years he was Marysville Editor of the St. Clair County Independent Press where he was a newspaper reporter and columnist. After a brief teaching stint his life’s journey led him into human resource and industrial relations management; a career spanning four decades. Now retired, Terry writes both Christian value based fiction and non-fiction for his own amusement, which is babble-speak for saying he has only a single published book to his credit.

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