Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank a Veteran Today

My grandfather served in the United States Air Force for many years and I grew up going to the base PX, swimming at the OC pool, and having Sunday brunch at the OC. I thought nothing of the privilege of it it.
As an adult, I see differently.
When I was in my early twenties, I met this handsome fellow in uniform at a AF Squadron Christmas Party. I was smitten by his looks, but the neatness of him in a uniform helped as well. I started dating him and was invited into the camaraderie of his AF buddies. They were like a family together and I had fun. Being in the service was fun.
As an adult, I see differently.
Being in the military is not just a grand brunch at the Officer's Club or hanging out with fun people, it is hard work. It is sacrifice. It is a way of life. These men and women are giving so much of their lives to guarantee the freedom of mine. They are away from their families, working hard to protect ours. And for their sacrifice, I am grateful.
For the past 2 years, we have been honored to attend the Veteran's Day assembly at the kid's school. It is a modest little program where the boy scouts present the flag, the veteran's are honored, the kids all sing a wonderful song about America (all 1020 of them!), and the principal reads a poem. It is quick, but oh so poignant. It gives my kids an opportunity to reflect not only on the service their father made to our country, but all the veterans who served our country. It gives them time to reflect and in light of what happened an hour away from us at Ft. Hood last week, we need to teach our children the importance of honoring those who have sacrificed so much.
Hubby is in the light blue, being honored with many other Daddies, Uncles, and Papas.
All the kiddos singing "This is America"

Evan Bubba enjoyed the singing (ok, I'll admit, I couldn't go one post without a picture of him in it!!)
This picture is from last year. Brody ran over to Matt after the assembly to give him a big hug- he was so proud of his Daddy. I just love this picture.
Remember, to thank a Veteran today.


Nicolasa said...

Beautiful post. We had something similar at my school yesterday. I always get goosebumps when we sing and hear poems.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Nicolasa beautiful post! I am so thankful to live in this country and I am thankful for the men and woman that have and are keeping it this way!

Nancy said...

That is a wonderful post. I'm so glad our children are learning to honor our veterans and what sacrifice means.

Jan said...

Congratulations, Matt!
We appreciate your years of service in the Air Force and for the great father you are!
MOM and Dad

Miller Racing Family said...

What a great post.
First, thanks Matt for your service.
Second, I think it is great that a lot of the school districts really show the kids the importance of remembering our veterans.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great post...Love it. I have had so little time to read blogs....trees and decorating have taken every minute.....just decided to take an hour and read blogs...So glad I stopped here...

Xazmin said...

What a beautiful post...I love that picture too!

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