Every time Veteran's Day rolls around I cannot help but think of the boy who went off to war in 1967, not because he had to, but because he joined the effort. Walde, my step father, ended up in 2nd platoon 3rd squadron 4th calvary 25 infantry division. He was on a tank and did all the jobs associated with it. During his first tour he would end up saving a commanding officer, and being injured so badly that he would end up needing to be rehabilitated to walk again. His service was not just about bravery, but duty! His duty was not celebrated upon his return home. His duty left lingering health issues, the loss of friends, and a lifetime of nightmares. I appreciate his service, his bravery, his duty! I appreciate his love for country! I appreciate the ways in which he allowed the experiences (or horrors) of Vietnam to shape him into a man that works hard, loves his wife, and serves others in many different ways. Chances are most of us, if not all of us know a veteran of a foreign war. Chances are that half of you that read this abhor war. Chances are we don't agree on politics or war. The point today is not to weigh down others with our views and frustrations regarding government. Today is a day to celebrate the fact that men and women all over our country honor us by serving our country in a special way. Today I celebrate my step-father and his service, bravery, and duty. I wish for his sake that he didn't have to face the horrors of war. I wish there was no need for such sacrifice. However, I'm proud of who he was, is, and will be. I'm happy that my boys have met and will get to know such a wonderful man. To all of those who have served our country, THANK YOU! Happy Veteran's Day!
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