Friday, November 11, 2011
Thank You Vets, Both Past and Present
I live in a town that is one town over from an air force base. A couple of weeks ago the base had an open house air show. While I was awed by the Blue Angels air show and the display of planes both new and old as well as the size of several buses, what really impressed me was the sea of uniforms walking all through the crowds.
In taking time to talk to these service men and women, I learned how proud they are to do what they have chosen to do. We have a fully volunteer service -- it is not required service as it is in some other countries. These individuals choose to put themselves in harm's way. Not all will go into active duty as some will be stationed here in the U.S. or other non-combatant areas. However, that doesn't mean they will be safe from harm as was seen in the massacre at Ft. Hood awhile back. Yet these individuals are proud to serve on our behalf.
But these enlisted people aren't the only ones who are serving their country, so are their families. They have to take over duties when the service person leaves on active duty away from the base. I hate being apart from my husband for a day. I can't imagine what it must be like to be separated for months. So I salute the families as well and say, thank you for a job well done.
My flag is flying and I am sending out prayers of protection to the men and women who have served, currently serve in the military and also for their families as they await their return.