Sunday, November 09, 2008
Fun Monday - For the Veterans
It's Monday again and time for Fun Monday! Our host this week is Jan and she gives us this assignment:
Since Next Tuesday is Veterans Day, I thought it would be nice to salute our Veterans and show our appreciation. Photo requirement of something patriotic.
Believe it or not, I wasn't always very aware of Veteran's Day as anything other than a day off of work or a day out of school. How unpatriotic of me. But now that I am older and I have reasons to appreciate this day, I always remember the veterans who have fought to keep America a free country - even when no one else thought they should.
Right now, my brother John is active duty. He'd gone into the army out of college and became a Ranger. After his hitch was up, he then made his living variously as a stockbroker and a pharmaceutical salesman. Then September 11, 2001 happened, and he went to the recruiting office and re-upped. He's been active ever since, now at the rank of Lt. Colonel (or maybe Colonel - I'm sure someone will set me straight in the morning).
I missed his being commissioned, but my parents were there - very proud!
But John's not the only one in my family who has taken up with the armed forces - brother Andy also joined up on the GI Bill. He also became a Ranger. While no longer active, Andy still is proud of his service and in his heart is a Ranger everyday.
Once I got started thinking about family and serving our country, I realized that there are more of us.
My uncle Tom and his cousin Malcolm served in Vietnam. Tom doesn't talk about it much, but Malcolm embraced the Vietnamese people and their culture. He sponsors students and families and sends money to help out villages. He's taken numerous trips and volunteers in the Vietnamese community in his home town.
I can also count my stepson and his wife as veterans. Both served in the Army as well and met while doing so. They both spent time in Korea, but never saw combat. My daughter-in-law came very close to having to go to Iraq when the war just started, but she had a new baby and was discharged so she could be home with her.
Right now, my brother John is in Kuwait. I wrote about his impending departure last month and I am still impressed with his attitude about it all.
But as a family member, I know how it feels to have someone you love go out there into the unknown world where other people may shoot or bomb or otherwise seek to harm your loved one. It's a scary thing to carry about in your head. And there is absolutely nothing you can do about it but pray and trust that they know how to stay as safe as possible. And everyday, people all over this country have the same worries, the same concerns for the safety of loved ones in the combat zones.
Take every opportunity to say "Thank You!" to a veteran, wherever you might find him or her.
You guys are doing a hell of a job over there. Just come home soon.