How about thanking a veteran for their service to our country? Or better yet, check your local paper and find out what type of Veterans Day events are happening in your local area. Is there a parade down main street or a ceremony at the local cemetery? Maybe you could go down to your local veterans memorial and spend some time thinking about the sacrifice our troops have made for our country.
Both of my daughters were in high school ROTC so they were always involved in some sort of honor guard activity on Veteran’s Day at a local cemetery. I attended some very beautiful and heartwarming ceremonies that were put on by the local VFW post, but I’ve never seen very much participation from the local community. Wouldn’t it be great if people were standing shoulder to shoulder at these events?
About five years ago I had the honor of having dinner with a veteran of World War II. I believe he was around 85 at the time (he has since died). I remember he was so proud that he served his country and could recall vivid details of his duties as a Seaman in the Navy. The conversation eventually got around to the battles he was in while fighting the Japanese in the pacific. He started to tell me about the buddies he lost but before saying much, he paused, put his face into his hands, and quietly wept for a few minutes. The memories were so raw, even after 52 years!
My father was in the Air Force for 20 years. He sacrificed so much— spent two tours of duty in South Korea and two in Vietnam. He also was TDY more times than I could count. I want to thank him for his duty to our country. My father has always been my hero and the man I look up to the most in this world. I’m so proud to call him my father.
Sam’s medical status:
Saturday November 3rd, 2007: Today four of Sam’s Marine buddies came to visit. They’ve just recently returned from a seven month deployment in Iraq. I can’t even imagine the hell they have been through.
Sam was having a pretty hard day today and took a lot of naps, but he did tell Erin (through his yes/no finger signing) that he did recognize the guys from Kilo Battery and he was glad that they came to visit.
Thursday November 1st, 2007: There is a massage therapist that comes in once a week to work on the boys. Erin got a massage too, so I’m sure that felt really good with her raging cold. She’s wearing mask, gloves and a gown so that she won’t give Sam her cold. We are still required to wear gowns and gloves around Sam.
The therapist were working hard to get Sam’s left arm straightened out. He was in lots of pain while they were working on him. They’ll be giving him some anti-inflammatory medicine to help with the soreness he is feeling in his arm.