Honoring Our Heroes

I made a comment this morning about how I hoped our church service was going to be handled this morning in regards to honoring our military heroes.  I won’t say that I am extremely patriotic.  However, I do feel that on a weekend set aside to remember (Memorial Day) our heroes that have fought and died for our religious freedoms, that something should be said thanking the service members that have chosen to sign the dotted line to give their very lives so we could be free to attend the church of our choice.  I told my husband that I wanted to go to a church that honored these heroes, and not knowing how the service would end up he wanted to know if this was a make it or break it deal as far as attending our current church.  Of course, I told him no it wasn’t, but that I hoped that at least a little mention would be made about the reason for this holiday weekend.  I hope he realizes that when he does become a pastor of his own church that I am going to do my best to influence the patriotic recognition of our service members.  Without their sacrifices during all the wars, we would not have the freedoms in our country that we now take for granted.

I am proud of the service I gave for my country.  I spent 11 years active duty and 4 years on inactive reserve in the US Air Force.  My husband spent 5 years active duty (Air Force).  My son spent 6 years active duty (Air Force).  My father (Air Force) and my father-in-law (Marines/Air Force) also were active duty.  My husband’s uncle (Army) gave his life in the Korean War.  My brother-in-law and his family were all active duty (Army).  My step-brother is currently serving (Army).  My nephew served in the Army Reserves.  My cousin’s father, her husband (Marines) and son were all active duty.  I know I have missed several of them, however, we have a history in our family of service to our country.  We have had family members serve in just about all the wars fought in this country.  What an honor to be a part of this long generational service to our country.

My grandfather also wanted to serve our country, but health issues prevented that.  So he did the next best thing, he became a security guard.  He was one of the security guards at the location in White Sands, NM when they were testing the A-bomb.  He actually saw the test explosion as it happened.  He went on from there and became a security guard on Sandia Air Base, where he served until his retirement.  He loved his job, I don’t remember a day that he ever regretted that service.  The only regret I ever heard him mention was that he could not go active duty.

I have dear friends whose spouses are serving now, one of my son’s childhood friends (a young man that I call my son from another mother) was injured in this current war.  Their sacrifices are continuing as we head into the future.  Please don’t ever take your freedoms and privileges for granted.  If you are not willing to stand up for them, please thank someone who will, has, and does do that for you.

I know that there are people that read my blog that are prior/current military members.  Thank you so much for your service and your sacrifices!  May the people that are around you appreciate your duty, dedication and service.  I know that I for one am so glad to have served after you, beside you, and before you.  You are my heroes thank you so very much.




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