My parents married in 1945.My mom often told the story of their first meeting. She said he was visiting his sister, dressed in his military uniform and he looked so very handsome. Mom was slated to move to Norfolk, Virginia and attend college in the fall, and this would have been a first for our family. This did not occur. However, my parents were blessed with three great children and one exceptional child (me). Okay, to be fair, I think my siblings are all pretty exceptional. Both my brothers served in the military, one in the Navy and the other in the Air Force.
My husband’s dad also served in the military with honor and distinction. He had the privilege of flying on the B29 (the flying fortress). Both men were fortunate. They had the opportunity to serve their country and return home to see their children reach adulthood. They were even blessed with the opportunity to see most of their grandchildren be born. Charles’ dad passed away before we had children and my dad died weeks after our oldest son was born. Neither of our sons had the opportunity to learn from these amazing men.
So many of our brave men and women don’t have the opportunity to return home to family and friends. They lay it all on the line and make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we enjoy the freedoms of living in the Land of the Brave.
To them and their families, who sacrifice so very much, we say a heartfelt “Thank you”. To my nephew, Marcus, who is currently serving his third tour overseas, I say “Stay safe and come home one piece.”