Being an Army wife and wife of not only a soldier, but a Veteran (Soldier's who've been deployed to Iraq and Afganistan are officially consdered Vets), I do feel this is an important day to remember, be thankful, and acknowledge.
Both my Grandfather's were in the military. My mom's Dad was in the Army and was stationed in Germany...we actually live aprox 1 hr from where he was stationed at and he actually came down here to the city we're in many times! I am one of those people who just truly finds it very cool that my Grandpa walked the same streets that I now walk through 50 years apart!
My dad's dad was in the Navy. My Grandma shared with me how she bought a bus ticket out to California (from Oklahoma) to visit him before he shipped out. One of my grandpa's brother was captured in Japan and was a POW for a couple of years. He never talked about what he endured, ever. I can only imagine it was horrific. That same uncle had watched the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He'd been up on a hill with a few buddies, messing around when the attack occured. Grandma said he only mentioned seeing that horrific scene a couple of times and said it was just beyond words.
My dad was not in the military. He missed being drafted by about 6 months (because of his age and the end of the war). He has 2 brothers and a sister who are all Veteran's. One brother was in the Army (he's not an uncle I personally like actually), another uncle who was in the Marine's (any bad thing you hear about what a Marine is...that fits him! LOL and I KNOW not all Marine's fall under that stereotype...just saying my Uncle "D" does even today!) then my Aunt P. She was first in the Army and her initial 3 yrs got out and joined the Coast Guard (yes she's smart!) She retired after 22 yrs of service and is now a GS worker for the CG.
This was taken Oct. 24, 2006 (when Chad returned home from Iraq last year)
Then of course...I married my Soldier. He's been deployed 4 times so far. Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Iraq. I couldn't be more proud of him if I tried. He LOVES the Army. He's a soldier through and through. I can't imagine him doing anything else right now and support him 100%. I love this man. He's a man after God's heart, he's a loving husband, amazing Dad, and a Proud Soldier.
Here's a poem I found:
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say "thank you" to every wearer.