Posted by on November 23, 2005

Tonight while making another “last trip” to the grocery I ran into a couple representin’ the honored 101st ABN with jackets and caps. I had to ask…

“Excuse me, did you serve?”

“Yeah, I was a door gunner and now our son is in Iraq.” He said as his wife was selecting spices from the rack. Before I could thank him he continued. “He was shot yesterday but he’s going to be fine.”

His wife turned away from the rack and I could see the redness in here eyes. I was speechless. I shook the proud father’s hand and thanked him for his service and sacrifice. Looked again to the scared mother and simply said God Bless you.

I bet this Thanksgiving is one that family will never forget.

What am I thankful for? Obviously my family and extended family. Like Blackfive, I’m also thankful for the troops. Today, however, I am especially thankful for loving parents of boys and girls who stand ready to do violence on our behalf. The sacrifice these parents make, the tears of worry they shed, the holes in the heart created by two men in Dress Uniforms paying an unwelcome visit have to be as cruel as any battlefield. There are no ribbons for their personal war. No embedded reporters and for damn sure there isn’t a “time table for withdrawal”.

Thank you military Moms and Dads. It’s because of you we have the kind of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines that we have. God Bless you all.

Last modified on November 23, 2005

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