Happy Monday and also Happy Veteran’s Day! Veteran’s Day is and always has been a very special day for me. I have a number of family members who have served in the military over the years, including my dad. So, this post is dedicated specifically to my dad, but also to my uncles and any other individuals who served or are serving in the armed forces. I am eternally grateful and appreciative of your service to our country.
A little about my dad’s service in the military – he was drafted into the army at the age of 18, was trained and sent to Vietnam to fight in the war. Life as he knew it would change for him forever after he received that letter in the mail. He traveled the world, lost many friends and witnessed horrific experiences that no person should ever have to live through. During his time in Vietnam, he was injured during his service and was awarded the Purple Heart. As I sit here today typing this post, I still cannot (and never) will be able to fathom what he went through and how brave he was and how seemingly lucky he was to survive such a terrifying ordeal.
A photograph of my dad when he was in Vietnam.
Growing up, my parents always taught my brother and I to respect and honor our military. As a family, we actively attended meetings for the VFW (Veteran’s of Foreign Wars) and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. In fact, the four of us would often march in parades on Veteran’s Day (my brother and I would always carry the banner). I remember being 10 or 12 years old, marching in those parades and witnessing spectators standing, cheering and saluting the veterans as they walked by. Even at that young age, I remember being deeply moved by this display of camaraderie and respect, and it would always bring tears. As a result of those experiences, I’m proud to say that I’ve grown into a very patriotic person, and I have a tremendous respect to those who have volunteered their lives in service of our country.
My dad doesn’t know that this post is being published today, so if your reading this now dad, I just want you to know that I love you and I want to thank you for your incredible service. I am proud of your sacrifice and honored to be your daughter.
No questions for today – it’s a day to remember and pay homage to our brave soldiers.