Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day... Give thanks

First off, this is going to be a long post. So prepare yourself. It's important and it's near and dear to my heart. I'd like to first share an online auction that is going on today. It starts today and ends on the 19th at 9pm. All the proceeds from the sales of the auction go straight to the playground being built in memory of my loving brother. We are getting closer to being done but still have about $15,000 left to raise. Please go take a took at the awesome items and share the link with everyone and anyone you know! We would all greatly appreciate it! The link can be found HERE!

Since today is Veteran's Day I just wanted to state that above and beyond anything else, we should always be thankful for our military. For without them, we would not be the country we are today. They have defended us, fought for us, and died for us. They go to war not knowing if they will get the chance to come back home and they do this for such little pay. They are proud, they are fierce, and they are brave.

I have been a military brat since I was born. My dad served his entire career in the Army. We moved quite often and it was all I knew, but I actually liked it. I had the chance to meet knew friends all the time and some I still keep in touch with. It was a life I wouldn't trade. I also come from a long line of family who have served this great nation. My grandpa served, my uncles served, my counsins served, my sister served, my husband now serves and my brother served. However, my brother died while fighting for this country and it's a loss that can never be replaced. We need to always honor and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice because way to many of them have gone before their time. They leave behind children, wives, parents, siblings, husbands and friends.

This veteran's day I want to recognize some of the clients I have had the privilage to shoot who have served and still do serve this amazing country. Take a look at these families and give them THANKS. They make up who we are, the freedoms we have and the rights we continue to keep.

I would also like to thank my loving husband. He joined the military at a time when we were at war and most of all, he joined the military right after my brother was killed. He did it for our family, he did it for our country and he did it to honor his brother in-law. He is an amazing father, a wonderful husband and just and all around great person. He supports us and loves us more than anything else in his life. He truly is my other half and stole my heart when he said "I do" 9 years ago. I love him!

I also want to thank the Gold Star Community that I have come to know. They have given me hope, they have stood by my side and they have become the foundation on which I stand. They understand my pain, my loss and the reason I honor my brother. Take a look at these HEROES who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I am friends with all of their loved ones who mourn their HERO'S loss. Each of these men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice for yours and my freedom. This is not to be taken lightly. They are the heart of this country and we will NEVER FORGET!! 

THANK YOU to ALL who serve! Our thanks is NEVER enough!

1 comment:

  1. Jessica,
    I think you are amazing to bring so much awareness to military men and women and their families. It is such an honor to be married to a man who has given his time and some of the best years of his life to protecting our country. I just want to second your post in saying thank you to these men and women. Without their sacrifice, I would not have the freedom and hope I have today. I pray daily for their safety and for God to watch over their families when they are away - for now or until we all meet again...