A Poignant Veterans Day

A brisk breeze plays with the American flags.

Yesterday was a day to say thanks to our military veterans. Would we be a free nation if it weren’t for the brave men and women who have fought and defended us for so many years? I think back on the veterans I know personally—my dad, stepdad (World War II), father-in-law, Uncle Dick (WWII), and brother-in-law Mike (Vietnam)—and I’m so grateful that they helped keep America strong.

A t-shirt commemorates Garrett Gamble.

But Veterans Day also is a somber time, as we think about our brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. One of those was a hometown boy, Lance Corporal Garrett Gamble.  Garrett, a Marine, died on March 11 in Afghanistan at the tender age of 20.

Garrett always will be remembered.

Yesterday our community held a ceremony to dedicate a small park in Garrett’s honor. Everyone who spends time in that area will think of this courageous soldier and former neighbor. He will never be forgotten.

A rainbow appears above the park.

Even the sky approved!

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2 responses to “A Poignant Veterans Day

  1. Very moving. An important reminder, indeed.

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