Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the day we remember all the service men and women who have fought for and those who have died for our freedom. This is a good time to get together with family and remember our family members who were in the service. My dad served in the Navy. He was on an aircraft carrier. He did not like to talk about his time in the service, or there were just too many kids around for me to hear the stories!!! He and my mom raised 5 kids and worked for IBM in Endicott, NY. I know he is looking over me and my family from above. He passed away suddenly in his sleep 10 years ago.

My father in law also served his country. He was a Marine. He was a kind and generous man who welcomed me to his family from the first day I met him. He also raised 5 children, my husband being the baby of the family. I knew him as a proud, hard working man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren. It is hard to believe that he has been gone for 3 years. I know his spirit lives on in my husband.

My 18 year old nephew, Josh, is now serving in the Marines. He enlisted in December 2008. This was very painful for my sister because this was the first Christmas without my mom and then Josh left for boot camp 2 days after Christmas. He also suprised the family with the news of his enlistment, he only told his mom and dad 2 weeks before leaving!!! GASP!! We were pretty shocked.

Right now he doesn't know where he will be stationed, but we pray that it is away from any front lines.

Our family is very proud of his decision to join the Marines and he seems to (so far) like this experience. He is very brave to make this decision and we are so proud of him to defend our strong country.


Linda's Craziness said...

Cathy, What a beautiful memorial to your family members.

Bama Bella said...

I admire your tribute to your loved ones today - they are a huge part of why we have freedom. So sweet and touching....happy Memorial Day to you.