“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.”
Yesterday our family was honored to celebrate my husband’s 24 years of faithful service to our country and the United States Air Force. It was a beautiful ceremony in a brand new aircraft hangar that my husband spent many hours detailing its design. Apparently he’s well known for having his hands into everything as he was described as an “old man” who is always tinkering in the garage and as someone who always has an answer. The “old man” part was a surprise to me, but the tinkering around and having an answer not so much.
You see my husband has not only served and had an answer for his country, but he always has answers at home. We always need “dad to the rescue” even when he was deployed and far from home! For instance, I recall an occasion when my daughter used Facetime just so dad could guide her in the process of charging his truck battery! On another occasion our air conditioning shut off in the dead heat of a summer in Arizona…”Message dad to Factime us!” Well you get the idea.:-)
Now we get to have dad back…notice I say we. I want to remind you the service member never serves alone, the family serves too. I ask this: if you know someone whose loved one is away from home and protecting our freedoms, please take a moment to see how they are doing. I am sure this will mean so much. You might not even ask how they are doing and simply do a random act of kindness like bake cookies or grab their trash can for them, a small act says so much! As a nation, “…let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free” (Lipinski). I promise they’ll appreciate this gesture, and then we can all participate in our veterans serving and protecting our freedoms!
For now, our family is boarding a new adventure, and while my husband has taken off his uniform, his eyes declare he will always be a proud United States Air Force Veteran. Congratulations John! I love you and am so blessed you’ve always been my wingman. Luckily for me, I get to keep the “old man” who tinkers in the garage. 🙂