I grew up in a military family. My grandfather's served in World War II, my uncles served in Vietnam, my father served in Desert Storm and 20years in Special Forces, my brother DJ joined the Air Force,and my youngest brother Dennis has been serving in Iraq, Korea, and here in the states. And there are many more family members that have served. My brother in law, and father in law, my mother, etc.
Today as we celebrate Veterans, I am remember all those families that have lost a loved one. Families that are not complete right now, daddies and mommies who miss their child's birth, first smile, first steps, first day of school, first boy/girl friend, first date, first time driving, first sport game, first prom, graduation. I am thinking of the parents who miss birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. I am thinking of the veteran who is sleeping without pillows and blankets, who hasn't had a REALLY GOOD meal in months, who has had to say good bye to his buddies way too many times. I am thinking of the families left at home, who struggle with fear and sadness never knowing if their loved one is safe. The families, who have empty places at their kitchen table, an empty tooth brush holder, traditions that are not complete because mommy or daddy isn't home.
So today when you are out remember....
AND THEY DO IT FOR YOU!!! Thank you Veterans, I love and appreciate you so much!!!