Today on Veterans Day, I wanted to take some time to celebrate and remember the veterans in my family. Some are living and some have already gone up. I am honored to be related to them.
Sam Crouse, Air Force
I tried to be a good AF officer’s wife but it’s hard for a slightly rebellious, opinionated, fly by the seat of your pants gal to conform to all those rules.
God bless those who can!
Sam has had an amazing career as a pilot and has flown the U-2, B-52, T-38 and many more. Check him out at his website here at SamCrouse.com.
He would tell you to connect with him on LinkedIn. 🙂
I’m really proud of him and the work he has done for our country.
Uncle Tom, Army
My mom’s brother, Uncle Tom, served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
When I was a child, I just loved being around him. He had such a magnetic energy and drew people in.
I remember riding in a car with him and he would give us a commentary on every car we passed. He knew the year, make, model, and threw in the color so we would know which car he was describing. I thought he was the smartest person on the planet!
I am so proud to be related to a sweet and kind man who served our country during a dark and horrible time.
Granddad Carl, Army
My granddad was in the Army, twice. He lied about his age to get in the first time. The Army found out, kicked him out. He tried it again and stayed in.
I remember my granddad said that this was a common practice. All the boys he knew couldn’t wait to get into the military to serve their country. There was a sense of pride, not only with the soldier but the association was a source of pride for the entire family.
I loved the fact that he wanted to serve so badly that he found a way. I want to have that same kind of determination with regard to all I attempt to accomplish. What a great example.
Uncle George, Army
I never knew my Uncle George. He was my Granny’s brother. He served in the army during World War II. Uncle George was sent to fight in the Battle of the Bulge but was there only two weeks before he was killed. It was a great loss, as you can imagine, and I’m not sure my granny ever got over it.
Uncle George was a fine looking man and loved playing tricks on his brothers and sisters. But at the end of the day, he was a very protective other brother and gave my granny advice, love and care. I’m sorry that I didn’t know him.
Uncle Cecil, Marines – Oorah!
My Uncle Cecil served in the Marines and is truly a legend. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being one of the few survivors of the battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.
Uncle Cecil had a big personality and his enthusiasm and laughter could fill a room. If you met him, you loved him.
Long after he retired from the Marines, he served the Oklahoma City community with military ceremonies and led the annual Veteran’s Day celebration at the capitol.
He made sure that every veteran had a proper military funeral. Uncle Cecil had no children but left a legacy few could match.
Thank a Veteran – TODAY!
If you know a veteran, take the time today to thank them. If they have already gone up, take time to remember them. All veterans have made a sacrifice that those of us who never served, can NEVER UNDERSTAND.
We owe our freedom to them. And freedom is everything…
Please share your veteran stories below in the comments. Let’s celebrate and remember them.