Beach exercise

Beach exercise

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran"s Day









Today we remember our veterans and active duty military that have served their country and defended our way of life. There have been millions of service men and women who have heeded the call to serve throughout our nation’s history. Many of those have paid the ultimate price to keep the rest of us safe. Their sacrifice cannot be forgotten.

I am proud to say that members of my family have also seen fit to serve their country in military service. My grandfather served in the marines. My father and his brother both served in WWII, with my uncle being wounded in the pacific and my father making the D day landing on Normandy. Several other members of this generation of my family also served during WWII.

My brother and I started in service at a young age, my brother in the navy and I in the Coast Guard. I must have liked it, as I stayed on for 30 years.

Next our son in law-Ryan- served in the Air Force including duty in Iraq.

Finally, our daughter Katie is currently serving in the Air Force and is pictured here from last week in Baghdad, Iraq.

So for me, Veterans Day is a bit more than a national holiday, it is a reminder of how we really manage to hang on to our freedoms that so many others would like to take from us.

9 comments:

Jerry and Suzy said...

Congratulations to you for your own service and that of your dear family ones. And thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there for us. Our family (except for one uncle in WWI) have not had the opportunity to serve, especially time of conflict) but we sure honor those who have. Thank you again.

Gail and Rick said...

A BIG thank you to you and your entire family for your service!

George Chesney said...

You're still looking pretty sharp in those dress blues Cap'n!!!

Rick and Paulette said...

I can only hope and trust that your daughter Katie returns home safely when her tour of duty is complete. Congratulations on your service and that of all your family members.

Sue and Doug said...

happy veteran's day to you and your family!..and a big thank you!
We hope that Katie will be home soon!

meowmomma said...

What a wonderful history of service in your family! I love that you shared the photographs with us!

Thank you for your comment on my blog today!

God bless all the Veterans each day ~ past, present and future!

All Because Two People Fell In Love said...

Chuck,

From our family to yours. We sincerely appreciate and thank you and your family for their sacrifices in the defense of this great country. It's because of those like your father and grandfather that we are able to call this nation the land of the free and home of the brave.

We will keep Katie in our prayers and will celebrate with you on her safe return home.

Love in Christ,
Rollie & Gina

E Squared and Mui said...

Your family has a great tradition of serving our country and your tribute to them was great to read. My husband served in the USAF for eight years before he continued his service in the Reserves supporting those in the trenches of recent conflicts in that capacity.

May your daughter remain safe and return home soon.

NWlambear said...

Warmed my heart to view your family pics...of all who served our Country. God Bless you and your family. Your Katie will be in my prayers. I know what its like...my grandson was over in Afganistan for two tours (Army Airborne). Take care...and enjoy your travels.