The military has always been a small part of my life. My Dad was a Navy man. He and my Mom met at an Army/Navy game. All three of my Mom’s brothers served as U.S. Marines and one in the Army. Multiple cousins and extended family have served in the military as well. I have friends who are veterans and others who are in active duty. Now the next generation has arrived and I pray for the friends of my sons who have chosen to be a part of the military branches. I now have ties to Air Force Rangers, Navy Seals, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
I remember wearing a POW (Prisoner of War) bracelet as a young girl. I asked my Dad for one as he wore one and had explained to me why he wore his. I wanted to show my support for the man who was missing and his family. I still have it somewhere and now that I’m older, I need to find out if he was ever found.
Today I salute all those who are a part of our military and their families. From my heart, I thank you for your service and I don’t take lightly what you have sacrificed for all of us. The unimaginable atrocities that you have witnessed and experienced sadden me. I can’t begin to imagine the unfathomable knowledge that you may keep inside and yet you are still here. I admire your unbreakable spirit and commitment. I know that what you have gone through may have changed you in ways we civilians cannot even begin to understand. I have witnessed how the human spirit can be broken irrevocably and my heart goes out to you.
Years ago, I attended many military functions due to invites via work. I met so many amazing men and women who were in the military and I was always honored when they shared their stories with me. I never forgot to thank them for their service to our country. Their calling to be a part of the military was evident and even though I have never felt that calling, I admire their willingness to be a part of it, to proudly stand for what they believe in and to sacrifice themselves for our country’s freedom.
In my heart, mind and soul, I wish we had no need for militia and that peace would reign throughout our planet Earth. But that doesn’t seem possible in my lifetime, nor in the lifetime of my children unless we all commit to unconditional love prevailing. Oh what a miracle that would be, don’t you think?
Today, please take a moment to say a prayer for all of the Veterans, those in active duty and those who have lost lives and spirits. We appreciate you and your families. We honor your commitments and we hold you tenderly in our hearts. May God Bless Us All.