Trump Weekly Address Praise the Military Men and Women
In Praise Of Military Men (And Women!)
I think I've mentioned numerous times that I come from a military family. My father and two brothers have all proudly served, here at home, in Viet Nam, and in Iraq. My father is a purple heart recipient, and one of my brothers has numerous decorations I can't even begin to list. They're all made of strong stuff, but then, they'd have to be.
And now that I have kids of my own, I can appreciate and stand in awe of the sacrifices my mother had to make. Can you imagine? Wrangling three small kids all over the world, going for months at a time without seeing the man you love, always worrying for his safety and then the safety of your sons...it's humbling to think about. And I complain about my petty problems? I still have the telegram they sent my mother letting her know that her husband had been wounded in Viet Nam. It's still badly stained with her tears. And I've been around the military long enough to know those were more tears of relief than anything.Wounded means alive, she once told me.I could handle wounded.
I think of all they've been through, these military men and the families who love them, and I wonder how you ever say thank you big enough or loud enough. The answer is that you can't. But you can say it often. My kids have been taught from their earliest days that if you see a soldier, you thank a soldier. It's a habit now, and they remind me if I should overlook someone, somehow. I still recall the day we walked into a pizzeria full of National Guardsmen in uniform and David went bananas. He shouted "Soldiers!" the same way other kids would shout for a rock star, and he proceeded to high-five any soldier who'd let him. And they all let him. He was totally star-struck for the rest of the meal. It was wonderful.
This Memorial Day, let's try to remember that someone is remembering a soldier every day. Every single day.
We should be, too.
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