12 November 2012

Thankful November 2012: Day 12 - Veterans & Families

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This year I have had an up close and personal view of the sacrifices that our veterans make to protect our freedoms. I have watched a little girl and her dad hang onto each other for half an hour while I watched and cried. I have seen a tiny little boy collapse into his mother's arms, wailing "Dad...Dad...Dad..." as his father rode away in a bus for a year-long deployment. The sacrifices of our military families are immense and daily.

Imagine living for a year wondering every day if your husband will come home from the war, fearing phone calls or home visits delivering bad, life-changing news. Imagine consoling a little one who breaks down into a bucket of tears after Skyping with her dad because she can't bear how much she just wants to touch her dad. It's easy for us to shed a tear now and again when we see a YouTube video of a Dad coming home from the war, hear news of a young soldier from our town who has been killed or when we see a commercial from a non-profit assisting desperately injured warriors. But military families live with those tears and fears every day and we owe them our gratitude and appreciation.

Yes there are blessings to being part of the military community for these families too. They learn to hold on tightly to each other no matter the distance. They learn to be strong and independent and what it means to sacrifice. Great blessings.

So to all our veterans who have served I say thank you. Thank you for all the many things you have sacrificed to stand before us in your boots. Sending big love to The Two Star, The Flying Ace and LCDR and all the wonderful military members and families we know. THANK YOU VETERANS!

Do you understand the purpose of Veteran's Day? Do you know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day? You can learn more here.

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