Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veteran’s Day ~ 11-11-10 ~ In Memory

Eugene Marseilles Hornot
Born 1893

My Father’s WWI Portrait
Corp of Engineers
The Great War

This picture was taken outside the Smithsonian Museum of American History on my daddy’s last visit to VA. We pushed him into where the aging American Flag was hanging in all of it glory. My frail daddy sat erect in the wheelchair, removed his beret, and saluted his flag never saying a word. In 1993, he died at 100 years 7 months of age. He did not talk about the war, but I know he never really got over what he experienced while serving with the Army Corp of Engineers at the height of WWI. On this Memorial Day in the USA, Remembrance Day in Canada, and Remembrance Day on Sunday in The United Kingdom, please let us not forget the sacrifices our American, Canadian, British, Irish, and Scottish veterans made while serving their countries during what was known as “The Great War.”

This special post is linked to Coloradolady’s Vintage Thingies Thursday.


  1. Thanks for sharing this! I love to read such wonderful and inspiring posts like this! Your father was undoubtedly proud of his service and his country. And he certainly had a wonderful long life!

  2. wow..I can barely see the screen though my tears!
    what a wonderful post this is and how amazing and beautiful that he lived a long life!My father is a WWII vet and he's turning 90 this year, he will speak of his memories only when we ask, then he wont
    thank you for this post...God Bless you!

  3. Wow, your photos and story are amazing. Happy Veterans Day to you. My Family is all Military, every generation supposedly on my Mother's Side (Though I'm not really sure), and on my Dad's side, we've had someone in every generation serve our country proudly since a little bit before Hawaii was granted Statehood!

    Thank you so much for your post, it's so inspiring!

  4. a very moving post and a great tribute.

  5. Great pictures any time, but especially for Veterans Day!

  6. A lovely post. The pictures of your dad are wonderful, so glad you shared them!

  7. A wonderful tribute post to a worthy man. Enjoyed the history as well.

  8. A lovely memorial to your Dad and his service.


  9. Such a beautiful tribute to your father. Thank you for sharing it with me. La

  10. Great photos, that baby photo is just adorable. Happy VTT!

  11. Oh Genie what an awesome post! The photos are amazing!!!! I love the one of your daddy in his wheel chair and your story of him saluting the flag. I think there is just something about someone who served our country that one else but them understand. My husbsnd is Navy vetern and I can see it in him at times. XO Fran.

  12. May we never forget what they endured.

  13. I so connected with what Wings wrote. I had to wipe my tears before I could even start to post a comment. Doing it again, wiping the tears. Oh how absolutely distinguished he looked in his uniform. What broke me right up and I'm starting again...when you brought your Daddy the Museum..sitting erect, removing his beret, than saluting. SIGH..I've had to stop, well I've lost count, how many times I had to wipe my tears...

    I love ya girl and thank you thank you thank you for gathering us together to remember....

  14. Genie, Your beautiful post touched my heart as I read about your father quitely saluting the flag. One can only imagine his thoughts and memories at that moment.
    Thank you for sharing you family photos, they are lovely.

    We must never forget those who have fought and sadly paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

  15. I like your vintage Veterans Day post. I did something similiar, my dad was in WW2.

  16. Hi, I was so pleased to find these photos. I have been looking for the Hornot family for over a year. Your father's grandfather, Eugene Hornot, born 1838 in Louisiana, is my great great grandfather. He was a veteran of the Civil war and a POW who was captured at Vicksburg. Also, your daddy's service photo has a family resemblence to my Dad's. Please contant me at

    your cousin,