To all our military men and women

Happy Veteran’s Day! I just uploaded some shots from the air show in October at MCAS Mirimar, but I wanted to point out one picture and what I wrote that goes with it. I’m not much of a writer, but something struck me today while I was looking at this picture, and I just kept writing. =) So, I wanted to copy and past what I wrote here so that hopefully more people will see it. =) Here is the larger view.

I can’t explain why I like this picture. Something about it just grabbed me when I saw it through the viewfinder. I’m glad it turned out well. The wedding ring really stands out to me and reminds me of all the sacrifices military families make. Not just the soldiers themselves, though they have my utmost respect and gratitude for what they do. I also think about the spouses and children left behind when a selfless soldier gives his or her life in defense of me and the country I live in. Then, there’s the child’s hand reaching out to touch the soldier as he walks by. I wasn’t sure if I should leave it in or crop it out, but the picture looked emptier without it. That says to me that our soldiers are role models to the youth of today. As it should be. The children that they come in to contact with see the brave things they do and the pride with which they wear our flag on their uniform. That also, is as it should be. Society today, in our country, seems to have lost all respect for people who choose to serve others. They just take it for granted. That, my friends, is NOT as it should be. They forget that there were people that have died to make this nation what it is, with all the freedoms we have. Those same people support the lawmakers when they choose to take away those freedoms inch by inch, law by law. It’s a very sad thing to watch. I’m almost grateful that there are very few WWII veterans around today. I hate that they have to watch the nation they helped defend while away the freedoms their companions died for.

Thank you with all my heart to anyone who has volunteered to serve in this nation’s military. Whether you gave a few years, or made it your career, I am humbled that you saw our nation as worthy of your time and efforts. And I would say this to you on any day if I met you on the street, not just every year on November 11th. Happy Veteran’s Day, and I pray your life is rich with the things that matter most. =)

To all our military men and women

Sarah Grace

Joined June 2008

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