I’m an Army brat, an Air Force sister, a Marine’s girl and a Navy niece. I don’t care what branch you are and I don’t care what rank you are. You could be a PFC, Lieutenant Colonel, or the Command-in-Chief (okay maybe not the President) and I want to say thank you. You servicemen and women make me tear up when I see you come home. I smile when I see kids so excited to see their parents. I cry when you say goodbye. I lose it when I see the wood coffins coming off C-5s. I hold my hand over my heart when the national anthem plays. I feel my heart full with pride when I see you being thanked.
I don’t care if you’ve enlisted or if you’ve been a commissioned officer for 15+ years. I don’t care if you’re gay or straight. You willingly serve this country to protect the people of this nation. You risk your lives for us each day and I am proud to say that I love a man who’s served each branch.
Trace Adkins says it all:
Do or die
So gung-ho to go and pay the price
Here’s to Leathernecks
Devil Dogs and Jarheads
Parris Island in July
I sleep in my bed instead of a fox hole
I’ve never heard my boss tell me to lock and load
Ain’t no bullet holes in the side of my SUV
‘Cause the kid next door just shipped out overseas”
The marines, first in and first to die. I have so much respect for my hero, my best friend, and my future husband (he just doesn’t know it yet!) and pride for what he’s doing.
I can’t wait til everyone is home and safe and until then I keep part with RED FRIDAY. A weekly event where people wear red every Friday until everyone comes home. I don’t care how selfish I sound, but I don’t want my Marine to deploy, it worries me each and every day and I know that’s what he’s willing to do. He volunteered to join and I support him but it breaks my heart a little each day.
I am so proud of my Airman, he’s taken everything that’s come before him in stride and I love him so much for that. I’ll always be his little sister, but he’ll always be my hero.
My father, retired LTC, has made his own name and deserves all the credit that is due his way. He’s been an amazing person all my life and it just keeps getting better. I’ll always hold a man to the way my dad has spoiled me and if he ain’t good enough for my daddy’s approval, he ain’t good enough for me.
And last but definitely not least, that Marine. That silly Marine who joined the Marines because school wasn’t his thing but I think he’s finding his place now. I know it’s hard because it’s not what he imagined, I don’t think, but I am thankful for him every day.
It ain’t easy, but thank you to each and every servicemen and women who give so willingly and are willing to defend us. I know this is a super “AMERICA” post, but I’ve taken some time to think about the importance of thanking our heroes who don’t get due credit for what they do. There should really be less focus on the celebrities in the shallow, unimportant and more focus on those who are keeping us safe by being willing to give the ultimate sacrifice. THAT is what we should be in awe and applauding about, not who’s pregnant, getting married or just split up.
Just a little food for thought.