Today, Memorial Day 2011, here are the things I am remembering and honoring
- the families, who are separated because their loved ones are off defending freedom
- the soldiers, who protect my freedoms
- those — in giving the ultimate sacrifice of their life — who now hopefully rest in peace
- the families of those who gave all. Thank you seems so insignificant.
And a little more close to home….
- my husband’s cousin Christopher, a naval aviator, now stationed stateside
- my dad, who opted to retire from the nomadic life of a navy officer in order to begin a family with my mother (insert your own “seaman” joke here)
- my sister’s husband, who served this country as a Marine and now continues to offer his service as a police officer
- my Uncle Bill (also my Godfather), who served as a Marine helicopter pilot in Vietnam, retrieving the wounded/deceased under heavy fire. And I honor his wish that we not ask questions or inquire as to what that experience was like for him
- my Uncle Frank, who served in the Navy and considers his older brother Bill one of his heros
- my cousin Will, who is following in his father’s footsteps, serving as a Marine helicopter pilot. Right now he is on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. And he’s already done two tours in Iraq.
Today I honor and remember them all, with my hero-inspired cake I made. It’s not a lot, but the least I can do. Especially after all they’ve done for me.