Think of Our Deployed Military At the Holidays

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I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I am moving around like a sloth! My wife and I went to three places to celebrate Thanksgiving.

We started out at our daughter’s home for a wonderful feast, and much talking.

Then we went to my wife’s sister’s house and they had a table full of food as well. We selected choices that weren’t what we had to eat at the first place.

And Lastly, we went to my wife’s brother’s home where they had dessert. There was so many choices, I had to try them all!!!

I am paying for it today. I have been on four walks trying to work some of it off. I will sure need a nap today!

One of the things we discussed around the table at our first stop, (My granddaughter suggested this) was that each family member shared what they were thankful for, and some were pretty funny. Our youngest granddaughter (7) said, “I am thankful for this family I have.” Almost tear time there.

Then it came to my turn. I was last and there were so many others that said things I probably could have said, but I immediately thought of all the service members who weren’t home with their families on thanksgiving. I told my family, we need to be thankful for all those who are deployed and having their day in the trenches.

We must never forget. I am a veteran, and I missed a few holidays with family. The first one was very tough. I was only eighteen years old and in Korea.

If you have a family member who is deployed I feel your pain. I had a son in  the military and he had two tours in Iraq. He was in harms way , and I was sitting and watching football games with the family.

Those who serve are heroes. Every single one of them. Be thankful for them. They are there so we can have our Thanksgiving without fear.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

Your are never unloved.

Adn above all…never, ever, give up!

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