Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank You for My Freedom

This is from my heart.

Today as we remember those who have fallen as well as those who have served, here's one story.

I love living in the United States, I love being an American. I value my freedom and have the utmost respect and admiration for every single individual who so unselfishly and honorably serve the United States of America in the armed forces.


My Dad joined the Navy upon his high school graduation in the Spring of 1942 at the tender age of 17 and was honorably discharged in April, 1945. He never spoke much about it, but I know he served in the South Pacific detached to the United States Marines as a Corpsman. I was told second hand from a gentleman my Dad kept in touch with over the years that things were so crazy where my Dad was stationed, that he was performing surgery in the field and saved numerous lives. Can you imagine this young man at 18 or 19 years old, just doing what ever it took?

(I just think he's adorable!)


My Dad went on to college and then on to medical school and was called back during the Korean War or as we so delicately call it now, the Korean Conflict. He stayed states side (thank goodness) and worked in the infirmary at Camp LeJeune. He never complained about being called back. I know in his mind, he was doing his part....right John?

He then went on to marry my Mom, have three kids, support a family and never spoke about his service unless he was telling a story about a celebrity he saw at a USO show or humorous story.

Actually, as a kid and up until I saw the beginning of Private Ryan, I didn't think about the reality of what our military personnel actually do or experience.



Both of my brothers honorably served our country too. My oldest brother, John, served in the United States Army Reserves during peace time and my younger brother, served in the United States Marines (his wife also was a United States Marine). Matt served in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm.

I am so proud of my Dad and my brothers and my country. Thank you Dad, thank you John, thank you Matt and thank you to all past and present military personnel, you are my heroes!










"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 - 2004)




39 comments:

girlichef said...

beatiful :)

buffalodick said...

Very well said....

misti said...

I love this post! We owe them so much more than we realize.

Chris said...

AMEN! Thanks to all veterans everywhere!!!!

Cheryl said...

Katherine, that is a moving tribute

5 Star Foodie said...

A wonderful tribute for Veteran's day!

Cathy said...

Amazing post Katherine!

Pam said...

Great post! Thanks to your father and brothers for helping protect our country.

Debbie said...

That was great Katherine. And a wonderful photo of your dad!

Jessie said...

Thank you!! What a sweet tribute to all military men and women as well as your dad and brothers. My husband is in the army and this meant a lot to me. By the way I love looking at your blog!!!

Marguerite said...

Beautiful tribute to your Dad, brothers, and all veterans. We owe them all a debt of gratitude.

Jane In The Jungle said...

Amen to that Katherine...beautifully said.

Marjie said...

Way to make me cry. I love your Dad, and your brothers, and your Ronald Reagan Quote, and you, too, Katherine. Thank you.

The Diva on a Diet said...

What a beautiful and important tribute, Katherine. Thank you so much for sharing your family in this special way on this special day. I'm really touched by your post.

Wishing you, your family, and all of our veteran's a wonderful day!

Pam said...

That is so sweet. Thanks to your father and brothers for being willing to serve in the military.

The Blonde Duck said...

Thanks to the men in your family, as well as countless other families, who have served for our freedom and safety.

Debbie said...

Very nice post Katherine...

Mary said...

What a lovely tribute to you father and brothers.

Donna-FFW said...

Glorious tribute to such honorable members of your family and all who serve to protect us.

Claudia said...

Lovely moving tribute to your family and all service members. This is always a day of true reflection and thanks.

Penny said...

Beautiful Katherine and so heartfelt. My Dad served in the Marines also and was a part of Rockies Raiders in Guadacanal. The movie The Thin Red Line recounted their heroism. My brother served two tours in Vietnam. Thank you for your tribute to our brave men and women. Your Dad was cute!

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing Katherine. Cheers to your dad and brothers!

Sophie said...

Just so well written & beautiful said!!

You should be proud of you & your family's heritage!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful post today Katherine! You can certainly be proud of your family.

We ALL do need to remember our Veterans today--and everyday. The do and have done so much to give us the freedom we enjoy.

Hugs,
Betsy

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a lovely tribute to your Dad.

My Dad was serving in the Phillipines when I was born during WWII and did not see me until I was 18 months old (and worse yet, I had the Chicken Pox when he arrived home). Like your Dad, he never spoke of the war or what it was like there. They don't make them like that any more. Have a great Veterans day.
Sam

Dawn said...

^5 girl. :::hugs::

Katy ~ said...

God Bless America and all those who made and keep us free.

Mrs. G. said...

What a lovely tribute to good, brave men.

And your dad was adorable!

teresa said...

fantastic post, i love the pictures.

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is such a beautiful and lovely way to honor your father and brothers. :)

gigi said...

That just touched my heart so much. My thanks go out to your family and to all the Military families.
Love the pictures so much.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Sweet!!!!

Lea Ann said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I'm actually speechless.

the ungourmet said...

Very nice! These photos remind me of my grandfather. He was in the Navy and was at Pearl Harbor. It greatly affected his life. While in the Navy he was also a barber. I have a lot of his old photographs and Naval awards. I love looking through them.

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

Amen! Beautiful post!

Joanne said...

This post was so beautiful. There is so much that we owe to our troops. The least we can do is spend a day honoring their memory.

The Japanese Redneck said...

You have a lot to be proud of there. Thanks to your family.

Jamie said...

Lovely! My dad also signed up in 1942 and served in the Naval Air Force (same uniform!) in the Pacific and he never talked about it at all except for hinting at the horror! After he passed away we tracked down one of his flying teammates who told us stories of bravery and life and death. Amazing those who choose to serve in the military!

TavoLini said...

Great post!!

My grandma was stationed in the South Pacific in WWII--wild :) She also served in Algeria for a while--had some incredible stories. Thank you for sharing, Katherine.