Today is Veterans Day and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the veterans, both past and present, who have defended this great country of ours. I am a proud Navy wife. I have two sons that went through Marine Corps boot camp and earned their eagle, globe and anchor. I have had other family members who have also served our country, in the Army, Navy, Air force and Coast Guard. My husband also comes from a military family.
When our kids were growing up, while other classmates were talking collage, they were talking military. I guess that stems from having a dad who was proud of his service. Even my daughter once thought of joining the Air Force however her eyesight kept her from enlisting. As you can tell we are a very military orientated family. Today however I also want to take a moment and thank the other side of that spectrum. Those wives, husbands, mothers, sisters, brothers and of course the children of the service members, the ones that do not have a say in the matter but who still support the ones they love.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully appreciate that the service member is making the sacrifice and “doing the time” so to speak. I know they work long hours and see things that others cannot imagine but still, in my mind, the family left at home carry a heavy load as well. We have the “luxury” of being able to watch the news, of waiting on word of some unforeseen tragedy. Only when the news post that a bomb went off, a plane went down or troops were killed, they do not always follow up immediately with the details. That means on a daily basis we have to wait with baited breath to find out if our loved one was involved.
If our service member is on a ship it is a bit less likely that something will happen but still accidents do happen and when the e-mail does go down that can be the longest day, week or yes even a month of our lives. There really is no such thing as a safe zone when it comes to war.
Still, all of the situations listed above speak mainly of the military of the present. While the wars are ugly and yes, even deadly, the bottom line is every service member that is serving our country today made the choice to do so. This was not always the case. The veterans of years past had no choice and in my opinion their families are also the true heroes. They did not have the internet, Skype, Tango or even continuous news coverage. They had letters which were few and far between and chaplains coming to the door, which as you can imagine. was never a good thing.
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the veterans both past and present for sacrificing your time, your families and yes unfortunately for many even your life. I also want to thank the families that support them during their quest for freedom. May your lives be blessed and may your loved ones return to you with nary a scratch.
God bless America, and God bless Military families, both past and present!