|My great-grandfather (right) with his beloved jeep|
My family also has our share of veterans. My grandfather served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He and his five brothers served from World War II through Vietnam, including a brother who died in combat (all six pictured above). My maternal grandfather was a jeep driver in WWII and carried shrapnel in his body until the day he died. My paternal cousin still serves in the Navy Reserves and has seen his fair share of deployments overseas, while his wife and young daughter missed him for holidays and birthdays. In a way, Veterans Day is about the military family as a whole, not just the loved ones in uniform.
No matter how "small" or "short" the service record, each one of these veterans in my family has done what many are unwilling to do: sacrifice their time, their family, their friends, their bodies, and sometimes their very lives in service to our country. Today we remember their sacrifice, we recognize their valor, and we respect their service. Thank you. Semper Fi.
|Anbar Province, Iraq|
Are you a veteran or do you have veterans in your family? Please remember to thank a veteran today!