Veterans,this little band of rag-tag soldiers salute you! Veterans' Day, a day to honor our Veterans from all branches of military service. One of these little boys ( center, with black tie) became a U.S. Marine because he truly desired to support our country . He truly has ideals that embrace honor, courage, loyalty. He fought in two tours of duty in Iraq, lost friends and brother Marines. He is now working even harder , as a single Father, raising his 4 daughters with the help and support of family and friends, as he starts a new career.David, you are a hero to your Father and I. Thank-you for your service, and we praise God you are here to raise your daughters.
All four of those little rag-tag soldiers are the grandsons of my father, who did 2 tours of duty in Korea, and 2 tours of duty in Vietnam. My father was a man of honor and loyalty too. He came home from his 2nd tour of duty in Vietnam to the attitude and disrespect of the 70's. I still remember with distaste and shame the attitude of so many of my generation as I saw my father and others who served in the military, be disrespected and scorned. We lost some of our best in that war, and those that returned home were often maligned, terribly. "Their deeds will not be less valiant because they are un-praised." Tolkien
Thank-you David! If my father were alive I would give him a big hug and a kiss on the cheek and say"Thank-you Dad". Thank-you Dad B. ( my Father-in-law) who fought in WWII. Thank-you nephews Brad & Michael. Thank-you Brothers-in-law, Paul, Tom, and Kaare.Thank-you nieces Misa, Anastasia, Jessica. Thank-you Veterans ! "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." R. Reagan
"You only have the rights you are willing to fight for."
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." G.K. Chesterton
"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument today.. " Thomas D. English