We are in such a tumultuous time in this country right now. I hope that, in spite of that, we will pause for a moment to remember that there are people - sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and loved ones - who have given their very lives in order that we might have the opportunity to vote, to protest, to live in this freedom. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard the phrase, "Freedom isn't free." But I know this as absolute truth. Freedom always comes at a cost.
Here are the two most important men in my life, in their uniforms, proudly serving their country.
My husband serves in the USAF-Reserves.
(I'm sorry, honey. This is the only photo that I could find of you in uniform!)
My dad served in the US Army.
I am one of the fortunate ones. My dad came home safely from Korea. My husband has returned safely from multiple deployments in the Middle East.
We know this is not the story for everyone. We know that parents and spouses and children feel the loss of those who did not return home from war. We know that some of those who have returned suffer greatly - physically, emotionally and mentally.
So, whether or not you are happy with the state of this country, always remember to show a debt of gratitude for those who have given a piece or all of their lives to ensure that you could live here freely.
God bless America!