Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Day 65 Veteran's Day/Rememberance Day

I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where other did not want to go, and did what others feared to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness---should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror, felt the stinging cold of pain, and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment's love.
I have cried, pained and weeped. But most of all I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
At least someday I will be able to say I am proud of what I was......
A Soldier.
My Dad....981st FA Bn, 40th IN DIV Korean War 1950

Veteran's Day has always been very special to me. My dad served, his dad(Army WW2) mom's dad(Navy WW2) uncles(Don Navy (Corpman)and Army (Medic) Vietnam) and Tom (Army Vietnam)...and my cousin steve(USMC), my cousin Heidi's husband(Army Vietnam)..... They were all my heros growing up. I knew they all joined to make the world a better do something for someone else's cause that was greater than their own causes. None of my family who served, I am proud to say, was drafted into service.
But that isn't the only reason today is special.
On Jan 1st 1995....I joined the proud ranks of my family.
I was young....I wanted to do something more for myself generally....I didn't fully grasp the significance of the choice I made. A little more than a decade later...I now truly understand what it means to Sacrifice for the greater good.
Today reminds me of alot of people. People who are still serving in Iraq, Afganistan and many other many aspects. I am proud of everyone who has served in the military. I don't honestly care what service or what country. we all share a common bond. Whether they have been in combat or not...the intention is there. If they didn't, more power to them....

The next 7 days I will be posting pics of my service...people, places...etc....

I am proud to be a veteran.