Saturday, November 5, 2011

Second Anniversary ... Our Ft. Hood Heroes

Button designed by Mrs. G.I.Joe

Today is a tough anniversary to get through in the military community.  It marks the second anniversary of the Ft Hood shooting where 13 men & women were gunned down 
and became our heroes. 

And today I recalled a conversation I had several months ago with a sales clerk at one of our department stores. Her son was (at that point) in the military, and I told her about my son-in-law who also serves in our military just in a different branch. She & I chatted for a while as she completed my purchase ... comparing stories -- her's from a mother's view & mine from an "in-law" view. And you know something? There was no difference at all.  I told her that when our daughter said "I do", her husband became our son. And Grandad & I are as proud of him serving our country as she was of her son also serving our country.

I think that's one of the aspects that makes the military community so close-knit.  
We are all in this together ... 
our loved ones voluntarily put their lives on the lines for us every moment of everyday. 
When one of our military lays down their life for our country, 
we all grieve ... 
we all hurt ...
we all cry.

And we all cried on November 5, 2009. 

And we still cry.  

I follow several military family blogs.  My daughter (Mrs. G. I. Joe) has "introduced" me to several families through the blog-world, and I am so thankful to have met them.  I ask that you keep our military & their families in your prayers.  
No matter what branch they serve in ... 
they serve our country ... 
they serve us.  

The families of our Ft. Hood heroes are still serving our country. They continue to serve each moment as they heal from the tragedy that occurred in our own country.  
Just as those who have paid the sacrifice overseas ... 
they all are our heroes.  

Today, we are all Ft. Hood family members ... 
May we never forget those who laid down their lives serving our country on November 5, 2009:

Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55 - Maryland
Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52 - Virginia
Cpt. John P. Gaffaney, 54 - California
Cpt. Russell Seager, 41 - Wisconsin
Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, 32 - Indiana
Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29 - Wisconsin
Spc. Jason Hunt, 22 - Oklahoma
Spc. Frederick Greene, 29 - Tennessee
PFC Aaron Nemelka, 19 - Utah
PFC Michael Pearson, 22 - Illinois
PFC Kham Xiong, 23 - Minnesota
Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21 - Illinois
Michael Cahill, 62 - Texas (civilian)

May the God of all comfort bring comfort to these families ... 
and may God continue to bless America.


heather said...

This is so true. My parents don't feel any different about my husband in the military the his own parents do. We are all so proud of him for serving our country.. They are all hero's in everyone's eyes no matter if their related to one another or not.

Thank you for your daughters and son-in-laws(lucy and disney baby boy) sacrifice..

SandyM204 said...

Now following you via the blog hop. My son served in the Air Force for four years.

Sassy Granny ... said...

A worthy & precious remembrance.