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Those Who Serve

On Veteran’s Day this space generally carries a post about honoring our veterans at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”.

Today we are doing something different, I wanted to share part of a story I read in Hampton Roads last year on Veteran’s Day. It so troubled me I saved it for a year.  The story ran in the Virginian-Pilot, serving an area with enormous military presence.

“Across the country, nine of every 100 citizens – 25 million people – have served.

Below, troops in Afghanistan mark the day with prayer.

Photo by Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Back to the story from last year, titled “The 11th Hour of the 11th Day“:

Those men and women have spent months in the bowels of ships, or covered in desert sand, in grueling training or attending to mundane duties, away from families, sometimes facing death, so the rest of us didn’t have to.”

Evan Vucci/AP Photo

More from the article:

Today, America honors them.  Today – though it should happen every day – we thank them for their time and their sacrifice to keep us safe and our country strong.

Win McNamee/Getty Images

Above, ceremonies today at the World War II Memorial in Washington, below, more from the 2010 story.

In a perfect world, we would make sure veterans never had to endure those hardships again. We would ensure that all who were discharged honorably got a college education if they wanted one. We would hire them, lend them money to buy a home, treat their medical problems. We would take care of them when they were too old or sick to take care of themselves.

From a USA Today story in 2008, the stats are still fairly accurate.

USA Today

Last week in Denver it was time for the VA’s annual Stand Down event; organizers expected 500 homeless veterans.

John Moore/Getty Images

Clothing was available, as were medical and dental services.

John Moore/Getty Images

The reality is we don’t treat our veterans so well. Thousands have no money for housing or transportation, no access to medical or mental health treatment and inadequate means of finding out what’s available.

The VA has new initiatives aimed at ameliorating some of the problems our veterans face.

Department of Veterans Affairs

More from the Virginian-Pilot’s story:

As many as 20 percent of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have suffered brain trauma, spinal injuries or amputations. Veterans hospitals get a new patient every 5 minutes – about 9,000 per month. There aren’t enough beds, rehabilitation centers or nursing homes to provide care or teach vets how to live with their injuries.

There are other services available from the VA, but it isn’t enough. Not yet.

Department of Veterans Affairs

The story wraps up this way:

In the name of national security, they gave years, lost limbs, sacrificed their health or their ability to work. It’s the duty of those of us who didn’t to take care of them.

Molly Riley/Reuters

This is not a political blog, we don’t write about elections and political parties, and have no intention of starting.  But a link to this story remains in a sidebar window on my desktop so I can occasionally remind myself the day isn’t always about rousing anthems and touching photographs and flags waving in the breeze. It’s about what I do between now and next November 11th.

The music and memories will be here. Even when they hurt (and it does hurt sometimes), they are readily located, pulled out, dusted off, sometimes wept over. It is the other part of the challenge that remains daunting – what am I doing for those still with us? For their families? Their children? That’s where I sometimes need to be nudged. That’s why the story will stay in my sidebar for at least another year.

Andrew Kelly/Reuters

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Itty Bitty Things, Is An AntiPrep’s Manicure Ducky?

We have a number of tidbits to share today, so we’ll jump right in with a look at something that is just fascinating, especially for those fond of the Brontë sisters.

Here is an incredibly tiny book written by Charlotte Brontë.

Press Association via The Daily Mail

From a Daily Mail story:

The 4,000-word piece is handwritten on 19 pages each barely larger than a credit card and needs a magnifying glass to be read properly.

Written in 1830 when she was only 14, Bronte’s story contains scenes which bear a striking resemblance to Jane Eyre, her novel published 17 years later.

Press Association via The Daily Mail

The book is headed for the auction block, it will be offered at Sotheby’s December auction of English Literature.  More on the tiny tome’s background:

The story has been held in a private collection and its owners are said to have had no idea of its significance until they approached Sotheby’s in London about selling it.

To see the entire article click here.

Another itty-bitty item we wanted to share, below we see an Alexander McQueen shoe. (For reasons unknown, yours truly has a fascination with miniatures that clearly hasn’t gone away with adulthood.)

"Shoes for Show" via The Sun

That tiny item is part of an exhibition, Shoes for Show, put together by online shoe store Javari.  Also included in the weekend exhibition, Christian Louboutin’s 8″ ballet stilettoes, created as a fundraiser for the English National Ballet. (It may be difficult to see, but yes, the soles are red.)

Christian Louboutin/Swarovksi

It looks like a fabulous show, if only it were on this side of the pond. Sigh.


As frequent readers know we occasionally look at collaborations, like the Versace for H&M collection (available November 19,more in this post) or next year’s Jason Wu for Target line.  Mr. Wu has been busy, this one actually surprised me.

Brizo via Huffington Post

Jason Wu for Brizo makes sense in terms of the business relationship, the company has sponsored Mr. Wu’s runway shows since 2006. While we very much like Jason Wu’s design aesthetic, this one reminds us of the Vera Wang mattresses.

Brizo via Huffington Post

Items come with prices you would expect from a designer line, the Soap Dispenser on the left will run $105, the Odin Lavatory Faucet $799.  Perhaps Lynn from Decor Arts Now or Tina from The Enchanted Home at or Stacey at Quintessence can enlighten us on this trend in the home decor and home furnishings market.


A Gossip Girl fashion update, related to a collaboration mentioned above and actress Blake Lively. Below we see her at last night’s Versace for H&M launch party.

Getty via Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Here is what Red Carpet Fashion Awards says about the look:

I love Blake, so this is going to sting.

She looks uber tacky. The Vivienne Westwood look aside, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look so bad.

This black and white mini dress with grommet embellishments is way too tight. Just look at her bust and hips for confirmation.

Trust us when we say that launch party was *quite* the soirée, below we see Ms. Lively’s co-star Chace Crawford and Jennifer Hudson.

Getty Images

Definitely the place to be last night.


One more tidbit, looking at a manicure seen on the hands an original AntiPrep.

Ian Gavan/FashionMagazine.com

The savvy folks at Fashion Magazine noticed the nails:

It’s a trend we’ve been trying to ignore for a while, but Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi keeps trying to make it happen—the duckbill nail. Dubbed as such because of the way the nail gets wider at the ends, it takes a long afternoon at the salon to achieve this extremely fake nail look.

Another day, another look.


There are no words.


Finally today, if anyone is still thinking about a way to honor those who served between now and Friday, these suggestions come via My Veteran’s Day.


My Veteran’s Day is an offshoot of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, a place the Consort has been fortunate enough to visit, a spot very high on my ‘must see’ list.


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At the 11th Hour…

Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H., 11/11/2010

At the 11th hour…

Freeport, Maine 11/11/2010

On the 11th day…


Of the 11th month…

Afghanistan US Veterans Day
Camp Eggers – Afghanistan

They shall be remembered.

Arlington National Ceremony

Arlington National Ceremony 11/11/2010

No matter the conflict…

Garden of Remembrance Edinburgh, Scotland 11/11/2010

No matter the age…

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Philadelphia

No matter the place….

Los Angeles, CA 11/10/10

The sacrifice remains the same.

August 28, 1950 Korea

And the faces tell the stories.

United Kingdom 11/11/2010

Regardless of age….

Celestino Almeda, age 93 at Arlington Cemetery Nov. 11, 2010

Or battlefield…

Iraq War Veteran at service in Coconut Grove, FL 11/11/2010

They have honored us with their service.

Arlington National Cemetery Nov. 3, 2010

It is never too late to say thank you.

Arlington National Cemetery 11/11/2010

And remember.


Memorial Sevice Florida Nov. 11, 2010




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  • AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty
  • AP Photo/Martin Meissner
  • AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt
  • AP Photo/Al Chang
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  • Win McNamee/Getty


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At The 11th Hour, Redux

The significance of the day prompts us to blend parts of last year’s Veteran’s Day post with updated images.

At the 11th hour….


NATO Ceremony at Camp Eggers in Kabul

Of the 11th day…


World War II Memorial, Washington DC

Of the 11th month…

Afghanistan US Veterans Day

Camp Eggers - Afghanistan

They shall be remembered.


Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington


Midair Collision

US Coast Guard Air Station, Sacramento,


.Chris Wattie/Reuters

No matter the conflict…

Veterans Day


Glasgow, Scotland

Britain Remembrance Sunday

It is the faces that tell the story.


WWII Veterans, Malta


World War II veterans Margie Zwick, Women's Army Corps, and Arnold Strauch, U.S. Army, look on before the annual Veterans Day parade November 11, 2009 in New York City

Philippines Veterans Day

Manila Cemetery Service, the largest cemetery in the Pacific for U.S. personnel killed during World War II.

Navajo Code Talkers
WWII Navajo Code Talkers

World War II veteran, Australia


Fort Hood November 10, 2009


National War Memorial, Ottawa, Canada


Frank Squirrel, Korean War vet, Cherokee Nation Color Guard


Remembrance Day, Australia

Grief knows no boundaries.


Arlington, October 19, 2009

US Military Funeral Afghanistan

Arlington, November 3


Fort Hood, Texas, November 10, 2009

It is never too late to say “Thank You”.


REUTERS/Molly Riley

AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

REUTERS/Erik de Castro

AP Photo/Steven Senne

AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Oli Scarff/Getty Images

REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Mario Tama/Getty Images


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Memorial Day

Henry Kass Photo of the Sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown

On a warm and lazy day in the Midwest we stop and bow our heads. We are grateful family and friends are all accounted for on this day. We also ponder those who preceded us, especially those who gave their lives making it possible for us to thrive in a place that is more than blessed with abundant and great good fortune. We are reminded of the Dwight D. Eisenhower speech on D-Day, 1944:

WWII Memorial D-Day Ike Quote

“You are about to embark upon the great crusade towards which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower 6/6/1944

WWII Memorial at Night

The two photos above and next one immediately below (the top one of course, is Arlington) are from the stunning World War II Memorial in DC. (Washington, D.C., which happens to be TP’s favorite city in this country, bar none.) The Princess is more than mortified to admit she has never really done the Memorial in a proper way. As in getting out of the vehicle and walking around the Memorial. She is ashamed frankly, to publicly acknowledge this, but then isn’t there something about “The truth shall set us free” or some other pap…? Indeed. Actually, TP’s Father and Uncles all did WWII and she is something of a history buff on this war (although The War Between the States remains her very favorite war) and she is quite eager to see the Memorial; every time she has been in town since the Memorial opened there have either been torrential downpours or we simply have had to head to the airport to make a plane. Every. single. time.

WWII Memorial Wall

“War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime — forever young –
And a part of them is with us always.”

— Author Unknown

Arlington National Cemetery in the Fog


Houston James hugs Sgt. Mark Graunke

Some of you may have seen the photo above – it is from a Veteran’s Day ceremony in 2004. When we saw it while looking for other things online, it stopped us dead in our tracks. It was a no brainer – we had to learn more about the people involved, especially with one being a Pearl Harbor survivor. The caption reads: “Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas is overcome with emotion as he embraces former Marine SSgt Mark Graunke, Jr. of Flower Mound, Texas during the Dallas Veterans Day Commemoration Thursday at Dallas City Hall. SSgt Graunke, Jr., who was a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of last year.”

As best we can ascertain from the Dallas Morning News, Sgt. Graunke’s recovery has continued and he is now married with a daughter. He also talks to wounded soldiers, especially amputees, and recently was asked to select three beneficiaries of an upcoming charitable auction by a local Dallas builder. One of the organizations he picked is the Fisher House, and The Princess is ever-so-excited to read that! Fisher House is an absolutely outstanding group, with locations onsite at major military and VA medical centers where families can stay (just as Graunke’s did) for little or no charge. They are called ‘comfort homes’ and are located right next to or very near the hospitals where military personnel are being treated. We know statistics can make everyone’s eyes glaze over ( I know, how very dreary) but here’s a good one: each year Fisher House serves more than 10,000 families! How cool is that, The Princess asks? Yes, we’re a little bit biased; we are more than proud to say Fisher House is one of the two charitable organizations that PreppyPrincess.com donates 5% of our net profit to; the other is Dogs for the Deaf, equally deserving. (For those who may not have shopped with us yet, you get to choose when you check out – it adds absolutely nothing to your bill; if you don’t decide which of the two groups you would like the 5% to go to, then we just select one of the two at the end of the month.)


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