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.