&A Happy happy Veteran’s Day to all those who served our beautiful country so it can remain the home of the free. I wanted to take the time today to write this post, because I know, so many people don’t understand the importance of today. They see today, as another day off. Another day the banks are closed. Another day for awesome shopping deals. But regardless of you having someone who served in the military in your family, regardless of you being a veteran yourself or not, today is one of the most important days of the year, where we honor those who sacrifice, so we can continue to live in a country with religious freedom. A country, where you can say whatever you want, where I, a woman am free to pursue my ambitions.
Fun fact Many people don’t know why we celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11th, and many ceremonies are held on at 11am…but that is because WWI hostilities were ended on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour.
Today I would like to take the time to thank two very special Veterans in my life.
Lance Corporal Kyle James Benson
My big brother served in the United States Marine Corps. He began boot camp just a short period of time before the tragedies of 9/11. During Kyle’s time in the Marines I was just a young girl. He left for boot camp when I was in the second grade. But I knew he was my hero. I knew he was going overseas and he was protecting the good guys. & I knew, even if he missed my birthday, or Christmas, I would still receive a letter, and he would surprise me, and take me to Chucky Cheese when he got home. ❤
I will forever be grateful for the service my big brother provided to this country. Even if he is a cocky Marine.
Fun Fact: The last living WWI Veteran from the US passed away February 27, 2011 at 110 years old. His name was Frank Buckles. He was a Corporal in the US Army, and was also a POW in WWII.
Specialist Russell Arthur Benson
Yes, we had a healthy branch rivalry in my family. My Father was a Vietnam War Veteran. An SP4, which is now known as SPC in the United States Army, and in the 101st Airborne. My Father was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Silver Star with Valor. My childhood was filled with stories that began with “Back in ‘Nam.” On March 9th, 2011–my Father passed away from cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. I love my Dad more than words can express, and losing him was single handedly the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I love you Dad. Thank you for your incredible service, and ultimate sacrifice to this country.
To all of the men and women who have served our country, I am eternally, grateful. My debt to you can never be repaid. God Bless the United States of America.
“WHAT IS A VETERAN? A Veteran–whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve-is someone who at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for the amount of, and up to and including his/her life. THAT IS HONOR.”
HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.