The American Soldier

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One of the most inspirational groups of people I know are those that bear the title of an American Soldier.  My father served in the Korean War and I remember seeing photos of him in his uniform, but other than that, I did not know anyone that had served in the military.  Little did I know how much that would change in an instant when I met and  fell in love with the man of my dreams, my husband-to-be.  When we met, he had just graduated from West Point and was commissioned into the US Army as a helicopter pilot.  We spent the first seven years of our marriage traveling to whatever part of the United States the Army sent us.   During this time I was privileged to meet some of the bravest, most selfless people I know, American soldiers and their families.  I realized how sheltered I had been, not fully understanding the great sacrifices soldiers make to ensure the freedoms of this country are protected and also thinking of the families left behind, staying strong on the home front, waiting for their loved one to come home.

Today on this Memorial Day, I want to pause and say thank you to this group of men and women that span the ages, people who are willing to give everything, including the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can live freely in this great country.  There is something deep inside this special group of people, something that drives them to serve their country whatever the cost.  It is something to be honored and revered, remembered and always thankful for.

Do you know an American soldier that has inspired you?  We would love to hear your story!

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DH and our nephew at his commissioning ceremony this spring.  He graduated from Michigan State University in the ROTC program.  DH gave him the oath of office.

Dad militaryOur Dad, a veteran of the Korean War

Finally, I wanted to share a poignant quote from our cousin, a Marine who served in Afghanistan:

“Memorial Day…it’s just that. It’s a memorial for all of our fallen, no matter what generation they lived in or what war they served in. It’s a day to remember what the ultimate sacrifice is, and a day to remember those who paid the price in full. You can remember the good times, or remember the bad…but what really matters is that you remember something, and someone. The only thing I ask of all of you on this Memorial Day…remember our fallen, remember there are some still fighting after they’ve come home, and remember everyone deployed who can’t be here for the cookouts and the beers everyone else gets to enjoy. Today is bittersweet in every respect. But it’s a day to remember all the great things a serviceman has done for us time and time again.  For we are not the sheep we protect, yet the sheepdogs who keep the wolf at bay.”

~Jen