I was looking for a great Armed Forces Day post on Active Rain today to commerate our Armed Forces....here is Kathy Streib's well written post. I am proud of my Grandfather and special clients and Great Uncles and Cousins and the list goes on!
Armed Forces Day -May 19- Celebrate and Honor the Day!
There are so many holidays and events that we celebrate but when the country pays tribute to all who are serving or have served in our Armed Forces we should pause not only to say “Thank You” but to reflect on all the sacrifices that are made on our behalf by these men and women in uniform. Each year the President of the United States declares May 19 to be Armed Forces Day.
Would you be willing to be away from your family for months at a time and often during the holidays?
Would you have the courage to face enemy fire to protect others?
Could you enter situations where you know you may not return to fulfill your mission?
Would you give up some of your freedom to ensure that others would have theirs?
True many of our military are stationed here in the U.S. or may not be in a combat situation but the obligation to serve and defend is still there.
In 1949, Louis Johnson, then Secretary of Defense announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace the separate days observed by the Army, Navy and Air Force. This signified the joining of all of the branches of the military under one roof.. The Department of Defense.
I am very proud of those I know who have served our country... my father and uncles, cousins, high school classmates who served in Viet Nam, and my husband, a former F-4 pilot.
Please spend a moment to reflect on what it must be like to serve, and then thank all you know and meet who have and are serving our country.