We are so very lucky to have had you. You are braver than most of us. And we thank you for that…perhaps not often enough. We celebrate you as heroes and we do take you for granted. Hopefully this is the one day we do not.
My brother was in the Air Force. He wanted nothing more than to be a pilot. But his eyesight was not 20/20 so that was not meant to be. He did not let this get in his way. So he applied for the ROTC program in his freshman year in college. He was turned down.
In October of that year they offered him a spot…someone had dropped out. He accepted gladly…still trying to make his way to his dream. My brother went on to become wing commander of his ROTC group. He then went on to become the youngest Lt. Colonel ever in the Airforce. And one of the youngest Colonel’s in the Airforce. His family has made great sacrifice to this country…often moving every year or so to some other base. Not easy with three kids. Often doing without their father for long periods of time. Not easy for anyone. And all from someone who was not their first pick.
Great things often come from unexpected places.
I am very proud of my brother and to all of the men & women who do things everyday that the rest of us, if we are being totally honest, would not.
And on this day…remember “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers”…Jose Narosky