I am thankful for a very special veteran in my life - MY HUSBAND. He served our country from 1972 - 1976 during some turbulent times in our world. Vietnam War Vets did not receive a warm welcome when they returned home. No parades or welcome signs. In the above parade picture, it was taken Veterans Day 1973. My mother and I were present to cheer my husband and the other marines and veterans in the parade. It was far from peaceful. There were people shouting "baby killers", "killers", and words I cannot repeat. By the end of the parade my husband had eggs and other food items on his uniform from protesters who maliciously threw them at him and his fellow marines.
Americans has since "repented" for their sins towards the Vietnam Vets. The hurt is still there for most of them, but the pride they have for this country is stronger than ever! My husband still sheds a tear whenever he hears of a soldier or fellow marine who has lost their life while protecting this country they so proudly served. He said that if he was called today to serve this great land he would do so with great pride.
So today, I am thankful for all who have proudly served their country so I can have the freedoms I have today. We may be going through some very rough economic times right now, but I still believe that I live is the best country in all the lands.
Most of all I am thankful for my husband, Jim, who volunteered to serve his country during a most unpopular war. I am so thankful the Lord saw fit to allow him to come back home to his wife and newborn daughter so many years ago!