I know that it is not Memorial Day or Veterans Day but it is backyardwaterfountains day to say thank you to all who serve or have served this great country of ours. Really though, everyday is the perfect day to say thank you. The men and women who put themselves in harms way for the American way of life are so special, so unselfish, so under appreciated. Most of us take all of this for granted, the thought to serve probably never crossed most of our minds, in fact, most probably avoided it like the plague.
I am a child of the sixties and like most people my age my father was in the military. There was really no choice at that time. There was a draft and if your name was called, you went. By chance if you chose not to go, you went to another country or to jail. The draft ended in my seventeenth year, it became the Selective Service. While I don’t really remember how it all worked, it meant for the most part you were safe from being chosen. That was the beginning of the volunteer military.
Jacob's ROTC troop in parade action
While I admit that I don’t think of the sacrifices people make nearly enough, it has crashed into my reality very quickly. Tomorrow we will be having a going away party for my grandson Jacob who will leave for Navy camp August 14. Jacob has been in the ROTC program at his High School and has enjoyed it so much he volunteered, he signed up, he’s going! Like all parents or grandparents, hell family in general, I am a bit scared for him. More than scared though, I am PROUD of him. Since the day he made his commitment he has already begun to grow. He is becoming a man, and I know that the next time I see him he will be forever changed.
Thank you Jacob, and thank you to all of the members of our Military,
Coast Guard, Police, and Fire depts.
God Speed to you all
See you next week