Remembering our Heroes Past and Present


You may have noticed that Jules and I have been on a patriotic kick this week.  It is fitting considering it is the 4th of July, but you might also have guessed that this topic is very important to us.

I had the privilege of visiting  Arlington National Cemetery this 4th of July.  It was overwhelming to see row after row of gravestones, reminding me of how many have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the history of this country.  We visited the Tomb of the Unknowns where we saw the changing of the Guard.  We learned that the remains of an unknown soldier from WWI, WWII and the Korean War are represented there.  In 1998 the remains of the Vietnam Soldier were exhumed and identified as Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie and the Vietnam tomb has remained empty since that time.  Click here for more information about the Arlington National Cemetery.


Amidst all of the famous landmarks at the cemetery, the sight that will be in my memory for a long time was that of a woman sitting under a tree by the grave of a soldier who died in 2005.  She was wearing a shirt that said “All gave some, some gave all.”  I tried not to stare out of respect for her privacy, but the image was haunting.  Washington DC is a city full of rich history, but seeing this woman reminded me that currently soldiers and their families are facing the harsh realities and sacrifices of war every single day.  We must never forget this!  We must pray for them and support all soldiers and their families.  It can be as simple as saying thank you to a soldier you may see as you are traveling or to a Vet you see in the grocery store.

There are many organizations that support our troops; here are two you might want to check out.  I urge you to click on one of these links and take the time to say thank you.

The  Wounded Warrior Project

This includes information on races, such as a Tough Mudder that support this Project as well as a link to a Facebook page where you can say thank you to a soldier.

Bob tough mudder 2(Here is a picture of our nephew Bob who just graduated ROTC at Michigan State completing a Tough Mudder.)

Another one to check out is:

Our Military Kids

Military Kids provides grants to children of National Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty Wounded Warrior service members.

So this is some of our favorites, now how about you?  Do you have a favorite organization that supports our troops and their families?  We would love to hear about it!