Since my father’s passing I find the patriotic holidays are even more meaningful to me, especially Veteran’s Day. He was so proud to have served his country in the Navy during the Korean War. His brother and brother in law served in WWII. I grew up listening to them share stories of their experiences around the table at family dinners. As I delved further in to studying history and genealogy over the years I discovered more fully just how important their service and the ultimate sacrifice of many was.
I am a Baby Boomer. We grew up reaping the benefits of the post WWII growth of America. Along the way I am not sure we always realized we had the things we had, both material things as well as our freedom, because of those brave service people. I take every opportunity I can now to say thank you to anyone who has served our country.
As a Blue Star Mom my pride in our military is boosted even more with our youngest daughter serving as a Sergeant in the US Army. She has been deployed 3 times since she joined in 2007, two of those deployments were year long tours in Iraq.
It is with pride I share these photos of some of our family members who have served our country.
(NOTE: I thought I published this last weekend and just found it in my drafts. But while the official observance of Veteran’s Day has passed, we should remember and thank those who have and are serving every day!)