I was a Navy brat. I was born on the Army base in Fort McPherson in Georgia. My dad got transferred and we lived in the state of Washington until my daddy retired in 1965. We moved to Kansas City where my family was from. There were always stories of my daddy’s Navy days, being on the ship, the different tours he was on. He was a Korean and Vietnam veteran. My dad was proud to have served his country, and he let you know it. He was proud to be an American too, and that’s the way he raised us, to be proud to be Americans. You didn’t speak ill of the United States military in his house, you respected the uniform and your responsibility when a family member chose to join the military.
Two of my brothers, two nephews, two great nephews and a great niece have all served in the military. My husband spent 34 years in the Army, retiring in 2010. I met him while he was stationed in my hometown at Sam’s Club, he was in uniform. I love a man in uniform, the look so official, dignified. I’m proud of how my family and husband have served this country and the sacrifices they made.
I’m grateful, humbled and proud that all veterans have served and sacrificed their lives so that we may enjoy our lives and the be free. Thank a veteran today.