Even though it was his retirement, it was a very moving and emotional time for me. It was an end of an era for our family; we now do not have anyone actively serving in the military. And it was a sad time because my parent’s tremendously proud supporters of the Coast Guard were unable to attend the ceremony due to their worsening health.
It was a particularly happy time in that I was able to re-connect with several old friends. The last time I had seen any of them they were young men proudly showing off their new found freedom as adults. When I saw them this past weekend they were proudly serving our country as leaders, decorated officers in the United States Coast Guard. As an added bonus I was also pleased to make several new friends.
After the official retirement business was concluded and despite sweltering heat a bunch of us spent a day walking around exploring Washington DC. We stopped and paid our respects to those that have previously served and especially acknowledged those that made the ultimate sacrifice. As we moved from memorial to memorial we strived to educate and impress upon the children in our group the reason behind our freedom.
I know I have said this before but every American citizen needs to make a trip to Washington DC to visit the various memorials; seeing the memorials really puts into proportion the magnitude of the cost of our freedom.
Thank you again to ALL that have served.