thank a Veteran

We often call to mind, on certain holidays, the Veterans who have served in the military over the years, and throughout the many conflicts in which our country has been involved.  But I am fortunate to be able to remember more often than just veterans day, because I grew up in a household that began as a result of military service.

My mom and dad both served in the Navy during World War II, my dad in the Dental Corps, and my mom at a weather station.  They grew up in different cities (Mom is from New Orleans, Dad was born in Brooklyn and grew up in New Jersey), but began their service coincidentally by switching places (Dad was originally stationed in the Gulf Coast, and Mom did her training in New York).  But eventually, they both got transferred to the Jacksonville Air Base and that was where they met.  So their service to their country was what brought them together.

And through the years growing up, we always knew first hand, that Veterans Day and other holidays had special meaning for our family.  And as my children grew, we tried to remember to call mom and dad on those holidays to say thanks in person, so that my kids understood their commitment as well.

So I just wanted to take a few moments to say thanks again to my parents and all the veterans out there who served our country in so many ways over the decades.  Regardless of the politics, purpose, or meaning of the conflicts in which you served, you answered the call, and did your duty, and for that we all thank you.  May the conflicts cease, and we always hope that the need to call our young men and women to service will as well…

“And he will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”  (Isaiah 2:4)

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