I tip my hat to you!

May 30, 2010

It's a sad reality but most people don't even know what Memorial Day is. What it's about. Especially younger kids.

 I'm the daughter of a Vet. My Dad served 6 years in the Marines and 19 years in the Army.

(Can you believe he worked for the Civil Service after he retired from the Army? Lol...I guess he liked working for the government!Haha)

I'm also the wife of a retired sailor. Hubby retired after 26 years (Senior Chief) in the Navy.

I'm very proud of those facts. My Dad went through hell when he was in Viet Nam. He still has nightmares to this day. Hearing a 70 year old man scream (chilling) in the middle of the night breaks my heart. My Dad has two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. His first injury that he got over there was some shrapnel in his upper (inner) arm from a grenade. He stayed on the front lines. He refused to go to get it taken care of, refused to leave his men. He still has that shrapnel in his arm. He never had it taken out.

Even if he wasn't my Father, he'd still be a hero in my eyes!

I know most of us here know the reason for the holiday, but ask your kids if they do. If they don't...explain it to them. Explain to them what all of those men and women that are in the service sacrifice every single day so that we can have our freedom.

For all of the current and former service members, thank you. Thank you for everything you do, every single day for all of us. Your sacrifice and your bravery for your country is greatly appreciated.

Hubby and I are both enjoying his "vacation" from work. Lol...not sure how much of a vacation it's been for him...he's been working outside everyday. (He can't stand to sit still) He cleaned the garage out. He did some work on all of those juniper trees that he bought a while back. He bought 12 of them, or so we thought. When he started "cleaning" them up and repotting them he realized that there were two in each pot (one pot had three trees in it), so we now have 25 of them for him to bonsai. He'll probably end up selling quite a few of them once he's got them all "shaped" up nice and gets them into some nice bonsai pots!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Author unknown


Erin said...

What a wonderful and appropriate post...I never take my freedom for granted, and like you, I am trying to make sure everyone remembers what this day/weekend is really about.

Also as a Jew, I think constantly about how lucky I am that I've not had my freedom taken away like so many others....and there are so many out there protecting us....serving us, keeping us safe.

Thanks for the reminder, and thanks to your family members who served selflessly.

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