I have never experienced a loved one having to go off to war, nor have I experienced the loss of a loved who served in the military, and I am grateful for that. But, I am also grateful for those who did serve this great country and there are in fact several within my family. I would like to dedicate this post to them -- some who have passed and some who are still with us today. Here is what I know about each of the Veterans in my family.
My Grandfather on my Mom's side served in the Army during WWII. He was injured in Italy while fighting the Germans and later received the Purple Heart Award. He did not die in combat, but passed away when my Mom was very young.
My Grandfather on my Dad's side was drafted into the Army during WWII and was stationed in Alaska to install telephone lines on the Alaskan highway. He had a previous illness (meningitis) and was not allowed to travel overseas. He is also no longer with us.
My Step-Dad (pictured below) joined the Navy when he was 17 years old. He served for 4 years during peace time. He is alive and well today.
My Uncle Jack (pictured below) also joined the Army when he was 17 years old. He too served during peace time for three years and as you can see, is still kicking today!! He later received a certificate for serving during the "cold war".
My Uncle Bob (not pictured) was drafted into the Army and served during peace time in the Korean War. He is also still living.
My Father-In-Law (pictured below) served in the Air force and was stationed in Alaska. He served during peace time and is alive and well today.
This is an official flag which was flown over the United States Capitol. It was a gift from my sister-in-law (thanks Lori!) and it comes with an authentic certificate signed by a member of congress. To purchase your own click here: US Military Stuff. It would make an awesome Christmas gift for a veteran in your family!
Remember to check out the other participants to see how each of them are honoring the Veterans here.