If you are enjoying your freedoms today, thank a Veteran. I'd like to publically (as "public" as this blog is - so to all 3 followers! Hahaha!) thank my dad for his service as an Army Captain in Vietnam. I'd also like to remember my mom as she was left for a year with three kids to raise and a 4th on the way (born the year my dad was gone). I appreciate the sacrifices they made to serve our country - especially in an "unpopular" war. I also want to remember my oldest brother. He joined the Navy after completing his medical training as a surgeon, and although he never left the States, he still served in our military and I'm proud of him.
I'd like to say thank you to my father-in-law for his service in the Navy during Vietnam. My father-in-law immigrated from Holland with his family (6 siblings and his parents) in 1955 when he was 10 years old. Although he spoke no English, he attended an English-only school from the time they arrived. At the dinner table the school-age kids were only allowed to speak English so their parents (Peter's grandparents) could learn English. When my father-in-law graduated from high school, he, like his brothers and a brother-in-law, inlisted in the military. I'm thankful for their service to our country and to my mother-in-law, a newly-wed, who said good-bye to her new husband as he shipped out.
Today, as we remember those who have served our country, may we remember to pray for those who are currently in the line of duty overseas, and for the families of those who lost their lives at Fort Hood last week.
Thank you Veterans for keeping us safe, for protecting our rights and freedoms, and for your sacrifices.
We will not forget...