For many the day is marked as the beginning of summer and not as a day of remembrance. It is a day off from work and a day to play with parades, picnics, ball games and auto races.
This Memorial Day I wish to thank all of those courageous men and women that gave their lives so that I may be free, free to live as I want, free to write as I wish and free to travel where I want.
I also want to thank those that are living and have served or continue to serve.
I begin my thank yous with my dad; Dean, he served with the US Coast Guard in WWII. He started a family tradition, three generations in the Coast Guard, a story that he never fails to tell. My brother Gary retired from the Coast Guard, Keith served in the Coast Guard and Kevin continues to serve in the USCG. My daughter Stefanie also retired from the Coast Guard and my ex-son-in-law continues to serve.
I also have many friends that have served or serve in our Armed Forces…
Marines—Howard H, John R, Scot N
Navy –Paul B
Ohio National Guard—Mike K, Beth K, Andy H
Coast Guard—Matt P, Joan R, Mike P, Bill L, Angie N, Dave S
Air Force—Abe B
And I am sure there are others of you that I have missed but to ALL of you ….for myself, my family and the people of the United States of America
I THANK YOU AND SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SERVICE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY!!!
Raise your flags and please take the time to thank our military personnel on this Memorial Day weekend. If you can’t say thank you at least lift up your drink in a toast to them!!