Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remember the Families

I posted last year how I can name four generations of my family who have served in the military. This starts with great uncles in WW I, my Dad and father in law in WW II, a uncle in Korea, my great white hunter in Viet Nam and my oldest son served four years in the Navy. I am very proud of all of these men, luckily they all came home and moved on with their lives. Today is their day. Sadly, my great white hunter has to go to work but at this point, we are thankful for that job.

While these men gave much, I hope that when you remember their and other's service today and hopefully everyday, you will pause and remember the families these men left at home. I have been reading some blogs of Marine wives and know that some of these families are facing their third and fourth deployment. Babies are being born with Daddy not there, birthdays and holidays are missing that important person. Wives who are part of a two person team are running the show all alone. I have been there and it is no picnic. My sister in law and my son were born while their Dad's were overseas.

It is an added stress to the military man, serving his country and wondering if all is well at home. Think how hard it must be to leave their wives and small children, missing parts of their lives that are once in a life time things to go into a unknown war zone.

So, to those many families out there keeping the watch until the loved ones come home safely, you have my respect and my best wishes!!! To those now serving our country making it possible for us to live the life we live, my never ending thanks and respect come your way. Blessings for you all.


Carol VR said...

Well said.

I'm sure there is much more to every story and yours speaks so true of that.

I haven't anything near related to me that has served in the war but I appreciate the freedom it has granted us.

THat said, I often wonder why the fighting must continue.

Amelia said...

You said very well...my heart goes out to the families as well.

Rainma said...

Amen Norma! I know first hand the heartache of being a wife with a deployed spouse. You are always trying to do your best to let your spouse know all is well, while you are crying your eyes out over missing them so much! We sometimes tend to forget the many men, women and children of the veterans families. Thank you for reminding me they are still out there and still proud!

Belvie said...

Well said Norma! We owed so much to those who serve.

em's scrapbag said...

Amen and my God bless them for their selfless service.

Granny Lyn said...

My Mr. Wonderful is a proud Marine, and I am so glad you brought the subject into a spotlight today,

Amen, and Amen