Happy Veterans Day

by Karen

“But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,
Is their monument to-day, and for aye.”Thomas Dunn English

War and service is a part of our life and not just because of Clay’s career choice. Our brother-in-law, Edward, is currently in Afghanistan, and we have countless friends ‘over there’ as well. Both of our grandfathers’ served in WW2 and one of my great-grandfather served in the Canadian Army during The Great War (WW1) and one served in the US Army during WW1. Our church is filled with Vietnam veterans and since we live in a military town – there are veterans all around us.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Clay is home this Veterans Day, and not at war, like last year. He is one of over a million United State citizens who have fought for this country. If you haven’t already, thank a Veteran. They’re your family, your friends, your co-workers, and the strangers you encounter every day. Happy Veterans Day to past and present service members. And to my favorite veteran – I love you so much. Your commitment, integrity, and honor continue to impress me beyond words.

For your entertainment, here is a picture of us, circa 2001. We were going to an ROTC Dining Out. I am showcasing the infamous freshman 15  25  and Clay has enough gel in his hair to rival Marc McGrath. I am afraid that Extra is going to be calling any day for him to host a new segment.

And here we are 10 years later. I like to fancy ourselves as improved models of our 2001 counterparts. We’ve been through quite a lot together since our first Dining Out. And you know what? I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. Every deployment, every separation, every military experience is woven into who we are today. We’re better people for it and I look forward to what the future holds. Happy Veterans Day to all veterans and their families!