November 9, 2011

Veteran's Day

To some Veteran's Day is just a day off work, a federal holiday. To others Veteran's Day is just another day in the week. To me, Veteran's Day is a day to remember all of the amazing men & women who have fought for our country & our freedom.

I'm a Military Brat & very proud of it. Let me introduce you to some of the Veterans/Military Personnel in my life.

This picture has two Army Veterans in it - my husband Daron Tilburt & my Grandpa James Orr. He was in the Army during the Korean War. I didn't know much about what he did in the Army until a few years before he passed. My Grandpa was a very strong, wonderful man & I miss him terribly. I am grateful that he was also a Christian & I will get to see him again!  Daron was in the Army from 1993-1996. He spent 3 months in Kuwait after the Gulf War. I am so thankful to be an Army Veterans Wife & very proud of him for serving our country! 
This picture was taken on October 26, 2002 at my wedding.




This is my Dad Richard Lovegrove. He was in the Navy for almost 17 years (the reason I was born in Japan). Now he is in the Army National Guard. He spent a year in Afghanistan - just got back December 2010. He took this picture after he went through basic training.

This is my brother Tim Lovegrove. He was in the Marines after high school. He may not have been in the Corps for very long, but he was still in the Military. He is still very proud of being in the Marines. This photo was taken while he was training.

This is my brother Jon Lovegrove. He is in the Army National Guard right now. I had the honor of watching him graduate from Basic Training 2 years ago. He & his beautiful wife, Melissa, are expecting their first child. This picture was taken May 15, 2010 - his wedding day.
Here are two dear friends Shawn & Michelle Lefever. They are both in the US Army. As you can tell from Shawn's uniform, he has been in Afghanistan. He returned in October at the end of his deployment.



There are so many more people that I know who have been in the Military or are currently serving. These are just a few of the people I know. There are many men & women from my church who have served or are serving.

With having so many wonderful people in my life who have put theirs on the line......I am so proud to be an American & a Military Brat. Please keep this in mind this year - Veterans & Military Personnel are people too. They are just part of the few who have chosen to fight for their country. Active Military go to work every day & put their lives on the line for us & for many other people they don't even know. A lot of Veterans were never given the chance to choose, they were told to go & they did. The men & women serving today did not get to choose where they were sent. They are there to protect the people of those countries. You may not agree with the war & that is completely fine. But I find it unacceptable to stand against our Military Personnel. I could get on a high soap box on this topic, but I choose not to right now. I choose to honor our Military & thank them for defending our country. THANK YOU VETERANS!!!

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