Happy Veterans Day to all the Heroes Among Us

Dad army photo

This past Sunday at my church, and today throughout the USA, we celebrated the heroes among us, those who have come before us, and those who are currently serving.  What a beautiful sight it was watching our congregation on Sunday, as those who have served in our Armed Forces slowly stood up to be recognized, a powerful reminder that at any given moment, there may be heroes among us.

It always brings tears to my eyes to think that so many soldiers gave their lives to protect our freedom and defend what our country stands for, and none were more aware of that than my father.  Born in France, he was just six years old when our troops landed on that beach at Normandy, and if it hadn’t been for those brave soldiers, my father might never have gotten to finish his childhood.  It’s staggering to think that so many died so that others could live.

My dad grew up and went on to immigrate to America, proudly serving in the U.S. Army himself.  He never forgot the tremendous sacrifices that were made on his behalf, nor should we.  Thank you to all the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, we love you and appreciate you!  As Americans we can show our gratitude by remembering you and your families in our prayers, thanking you personally when we can, and taking good care of you when you return home.

Thank you so much to all the amazing veterans I’ll mention by name here: thank you to Mark, Rob,Wayne, Jann, Harry, Rocco, Russ, and Larry, and all those we can’t possibly list but whose names God has in a special place in His heart…

Thank you to those currently serving: Ernie, Aaron, Lindsey, Nolan, Doug, Chris, Rick, Justin, Christopher,Lee, Joey, Craig, Shane,  Cory, Aaron, Daniel, Kristopher, Joshua, Jeremy, Justin, Kyle, and  Jefferson.  God bless you all!

And there are 2 other humble heroes I have to mention… I met Donald awhile back at an indoor flea market at my church.  As we were talking I thanked him for his service to our country, and he was humble about his own service, but he was so proud as he told about his lovely wife Dolores.  She is one of the many women who also supported the war efforts here on the home front, epitomized by the famous “Rosie the Riveter.”

Thank you all, and a very Happy Veterans Day.  Remember to always be on the lookout for the Heroes among us, you never know when you just might get a chance to thank one of them personally.  God bless you all.  ~Michele


HEROES Donald and Dolores HEROES Rosie the Riveter