Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2011

Veteran’s Day, or if you are old enough Armistice Day. We look to the past to remember those that have given their lives to protect our freedom. We also look at those around us that have served and are serving and tip our hat and say “thank you” for your service. I had the privilege of serving with many others in the Air Force Reserves and I want to say a special thanks to those that were there with me. I had some fantastic commanders, especially in the Space Command, and some incredible fellow airmen throughout my career in the Airlift Command as well as the Space Command. There are many fond memories of hard work and long hours that resulted in unit awards; however, those pale in comparison to what our parents and grandparents went through in World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Those that now serve in Iraq and Afghanistan we salute you all and pray for your swift and safe return. We all took the oath to “protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And to obey the lawful orders of our commanders and those of the Commander in Chief.” We took that oath willingly and it meant something, to us and to anyone that made a career of the military. At times being in the military was not popular, but, we stayed the course and even though some of our friends didn’t’ agree with what we did, I never had a Veteran’s Day go by without them thanking me for my service. I want to thank my Father and my Grandfather; they showed me what it meant to be a military man. I served and I am proud of it.