Remembering my Soldiers this Memorial Day
I grew up in a Military family. My dad was in the Army when I was born, so I never knew another way of life.
I think that being an ‘Army brat’ was a great upbringing. I was able to see parts of this country that I may never have seen if not for new duty stations every 3-4 years! I love to list the places that I have lived and attended school. My Daddy retired here at Ft. Sill in 1972, and this is where we made our home. I remember getting up in the middle of the night to welcome Dad home from a deployment and I remember always being so proud that he was my Dad. As I said on the air, my Dad did not die in combat, but he devoted his life to the service of our country. To me that makes his a hero.
Speaking of heroes. I have to turn now to my son Tyler. Tyler enlisted in the Army about 3 years ago. When he took me to lunch to tell me his news, I think he was afraid that I would balk at the idea of my baby boy leaving the nest. I surprised him by telling him how proud his Paw-Paw would have been of him following in his footsteps. Tyler is deployed this Memorial Day. I am looking forward welcoming him home just like I did with my Daddy so many years ago.
Two heroes in a family of heroes. My mother’s Daddy was in the Navy. To say that I have been blessed is an understatement! God Bless you and your hero soldiers this Memorial Day.