Thank A Vet

A thank you to our veterans on Memorial Day and everyday. I have some mixed feeling about Memorial Day. That is because I don’t think anyone should glorify war.  On the other hand we need to respect those who have fought for our country. I’m not explaining that well so I’ll defer to an article by John Cory that says it better than I can.

The best way we can thank our vets is to never have a war. Let’s all pray and work towards that day.

If you are having a picnic this holiday with family or friends enjoy. While there thank anyone who is a veteran and ask them about their service time. I think that is a good way to honor them and learn from them.

I have a sure-fire side dish recipe for your picnics. I always get compliments and asked for this recipe when I bring it. Be sure to double or triple the recipe if taking to a sizable gathering.

Lemon Rice Salad with Peanuts

1 box Long grain and wild rice

3/4 cup coarsely chopped dry roasted peanuts

3 scallions, sliced thinly, including green tops

½ cup minced fresh parsley


¾ tsp. Lemon zest

3 tablespoons lemon juice

6 tablespoons olive oil

½ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Pepper

Cook rice according to box directions then  allow to  cool. Combine rice with peanuts, scallions and parsley. Whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss rice mixture with lemon dressing.

Enjoy from the Elecpencil!

Bob Seeger: 2+2

The Doors: Unknown Soldier

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, “Mother, what was war?”  ~Eve Merriam



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2 responses to “Thank A Vet

  1. Bob

    Today isn’t Veteran’s Day, it’s Memorial Day. A day to remember those who have sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy. Without taking anything away from veterans, I’d like to invite your readers to remember others whose sacrifice was no less dear and who made it possible for us to live our lives in relative freedom and security: The Haymarket defendants. Joe Hill. Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. Medgar Evers. Dr. Martin Luther King. Others like Rachel Corrie who have sacrificed for freedoms not yet won. And countless others whose names haven’t been passed down to us.

  2. elecpencil

    Thanks Bob. You are right it is Memorial Day and I will change that. You are right about everyone on your list and more who should be in our memory on this day. I really love those old IWW (Wobblies) folks who I think we owe a ton of thanks for their courage.

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