I'll think of you all today as you barbecue, run in the sprinklers, and drink lemonade. T always works big "retail holidays" like Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, etc. His parents invited the girls and I over for dinner tomorrow night, so that's our big plan. We may hit up JoAnn fabric to use some more of my birthday gift card (thanks, SuSu and Jamie!), but that's it.
Take a moment today to say a prayer of thanks for all of our military service men and women. My sister, Alison is a nurse in the Air Force and her fiancé, Sam, flies Black Hawks ("heliploppers," as Natalie calls them) for the Army. They have both served in Iraq, and Sam deploys again this Fall after their wedding.
My dad went into the Air Force after college and did civilian work for the Navy after his service, and his father (my O'pa) is a retired Air Force Colonel. He fought in World War II, flying B-17 bombers over Germany. He also fought in the Korean War. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Air Medals (flying heavy missions), European Theatre Commendation Medals, and other Commendation Medals.
My mom's dad (my Poppy) served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy during World War II. He was a Communications Officer aboard the Miantonomoh CM-10, which hit a mine at La Havre and sunk in the North Sea. He and the radioman were the last two off the ship, and my grandfather was the only one of the pair to make it. He earned a Purple Heart, a President's Commendation for valor, and a Commendation for superior work at Fleet Post, New York and San Fransisco.
People like this are real heroes to me, particularly the World War II vets. They did their job and didn't ask for recognition.
Thanks to all who serve. You are appreciated more than you know.