Instead of posting something yummy to eat on the blog today, we are going to honor our countries servicemen and women.
I attended an assembly where my daughter was playing with the orchestra last Friday at her school. It really made me stop and think, and actually brought me to tears. They had invited local veterans to attend as well. The band played, the orchestra played, the choir sang, and then they produced this amazing slide show. It started out with the song God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood, which I absolutely love. Along with this song they showed pictures of our military in different circumstances from homecomings to tours of duty. It brought me to tears I will admit (and the middle school girl sitting next to me probably thought I was loony). It then moved to a different song and showed pictures of friends and family of the staff and students who had served or currently are serving in the military. One teacher’s father is serving his 7th tour of duty in Iraq! Seven!!! I was shocked. It then went back to pictures of servicemen and women with their families. To finish off the assembly we all stood and sang the National Anthem, and not just one verse, but three. The kids at the school had made it a challenge to memorize the first three verses, but they provided the words for the rest of us mere mortals (I’ll be honest, I don’t even know how many verses the National Anthem has).
We here at A Crafty Clan have not been untouched by family in the military. All four of our mom’s brothers served in World War II, one of them was drafted before he even finished high school, and all four of them were gone at once (the way we understand it, they couldn’t draft all the boys from one family, but because at least one of our uncles had volunteered for duty, they could still take them all). Our dad’s only brother was also in the military and served in Korea. We were fortunate enough to not lose any of our family to either war, and for that we are grateful. I won’t even mention any of our in laws who served, the list would grow too long.Today was are so thankful for the men and women who serve or who have served the country in the military. May Heavenly Father’s light shine down and protect those who serve, comfort the families at home, and save a special place in Heaven for those who return home. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!