Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day

This is a nostalgic week for me. Yesterday we celebrated our 234th Marine Corps birthday and today we honor our Veterans. My husband and I come from WWII and Korean War era families who fought proudly in the U.S. military. His father was in both the Marine Corps and Air Force; he served at the tender age of 16 in the Korean War, one of the Frozen Chosen. My grandfather was a US Army paratrooper who landed in France on D-day; my father was a Marine; my step-father was in the Navy; my uncle was in the Army.

The years in the Corps brought me closer to my family, made me long for travel, and I found life long friends. It's hard to find the closeness with new friends that you have with childhood and military friends. There's a bond that forms with them regardless of where you come from in your civilian life. It's not easily explained, but it's known among Veterans.

My husband and I often talk about how we miss the Corps, then we see our two young sons and wonder if they will follow in our footsteps. We proudly display our Marine Corps flag just below our American flag. It's a part of who we have become and our drive to succeed to become better.

On this day I want to challenge each of you. I challenge you to seek out a veteran and thank them. Hug them. Tell them their sacrifice of service to protect your freedom, our way of life, is appreciated. It's a small task compared to the experiences those who have served and are serving have been through, but it means a lot to them.

God Bless America and thank you.


Kristen Painter said...

You look hot in camo. lol

Sissi said...

You should see me in my Dress Blues ;-)

kys said...

Thanks to you and your family for your service. You do look hot in the camo!

Holly said...

You are a hot Marine! MANY thanks to your and your family for your service.

I live in a big military area and I will and have thanked a veteran many times. Sadly, all of my relative who have served have passed on, but I do talk about them and their service with my son and he is proud.


Anonymous said...

Not only is she beautiful she was a pro in her MOS!!! I miss you Sissi(Buckley :->) Having known you made my USMC experience that much more awesome and unforgetable!

<3--Erin Aitken (Engelhardt)

Shelli said...

wow - happy day to you! Thanks for your service! :)