May 19, 2012
Do you know what Armed Forces Day is? We didn’t, until now.
According to defense.gov, this is how, why and when it originated:
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and
thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day
to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.
The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.
If BigSis and I are being completely honest, we never knew nor could possibly understand the sacrifices that military families make on a daily basis until we had a family member in the U.S. Military. Unfortunately, we now know how hard it is to say goodbye to family, even if it’s only temporary.
(To my lovely, brave daughter-in-law, who also serves in our U.S. Navy; if you’re reading this, I know that being away from your hubby and your sweet baby is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do. I want you to know how proud we are of you and how much we appreciate all you do for all of us. We miss you!)
We both want to take this opportunity to thank every Veteran, every family member of a Veteran who has lost their life while serving our country, and every single man and woman who serves in our U.S. Military today.
We appreciate and respect the daily sacrifices that each individual and their family makes to protect every one of us individually and our country as a whole.
Last year on Memorial Day, I mentioned Operation Appreciation that was held here at the Oceanside Pier in honor of Military Appreciation Day. My son who is in the U.S. Navy participated in a demonstration that day and I was so excited to finally be able to see just a little bit of what he does when he’s on the job. Here’s a photo of him in action during that demonstration.
This was a proud moment for me.
And the day I saw him graduate from the U.S. Navy was one of the proudest days of my life.
Our family couldn’t be more proud of what he and his wife have accomplished during the past two years.
Again, thank you all from both of us.
Thank you for your service and for your sacrifice!