Living a good life, treating others well, raising my children, working hard… those are wonderful and admirable things but they are only possible because someone else was willing to sacrifice for me so that I could be free to live my life as I wanted to.
Long before I was born my father was a Navy man (that’s him in the picture. His youngest brother would carry his picture around). My husband was a marine and while I didn’t serve in the military myself, I was a military wife for twelve years and my children were raised as military brats. So for me, today is a memorial for those who personally served but also the families that support them so that they can do their job. Often being without their spouse for a year or longer, it’s a job that often gets down played.
Imagine being a single parent for half your marriage. They hold the home together and keep the kids in line, taking on the job of both parents. No matter what your political views are or how you feel about our policies as a country, the men and women who work and fight to maintain those rights we hold dear, do it because it’s what they have sworn to do. It doesn’t matter to them what your political affiliations may be. I know as I enjoy my day doing whatever I want to do, I will be thinking about those who are in places I would rather not be, doing things I would rather not do. Thank you to the service men and women. Thank you to the families who support them and may you come home soon.