At my Grandfather’s funeral a few weeks ago the Kent County Honor Guard honored my Grandpa’s service in the Navy with full military honor. It was so emotionally touching. I don’t care who you are, when Taps is played every true American is moved. Regardless of which side of the political aisle you are on, we all can agree and unify over one’s selfless service in gratitude. Freedom isn’t free. There is great cost and immense sacrifice that is all too often taken for granted.
One of my favorite memories is from Christmas a few years ago when my uncles worked together with the Department of Defense to replace all of my Grandpa’s lost war medals from his service during the Korean War. Hearing the story of his service as an entire family and presenting him with such a meaningful gift was such a special gift to all of us as well.
On this difficult Veteran’s Day for me, I remember what the Honor Commander said at Grandpa’s service. He said, “Whenever you see a flag, think of Doug and the part he played in your freedom.” Today I am doing just that so thankful for all those who have served this great nation and the patriotism that my Grandparents instilled not only in their children, but in us too.
I grieve this Veteran’s day…the sting of losing my Grandfather is still quite fresh. But I also grieve for the state of our nation. We need peace and unity more than ever. We need the kind of healing that only God can provide. America, America…God shed His grace on thee. I pray we come together and to honor Him for what He has done for this country for we are immeasurably blessed to call it our home.