As a reminder of all those men and women, we made flags during art time. (I realize they are not made with the correct amount of stripes and stars.....trying to get a preschooler to peel and stick 50 stars in a momentous task)
At times like this, I feel very patriotic. My dad was a pilot in the USAF. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a B-52 pilot. He doesn't talk much about his experiences, unless of course we ask him. Then, he answers our questions completely and honestly. He always has said how difficult it was to leave his family, but that all the soldiers loved their country as well, and felt the need to protect it.
I also have a brother-in-law that was in the USAF. He served two tours....one during Desert Storm and then another a few years later.
We are so lucky their lives were spared. My heart goes out to the families whose soldiers didn't make it back safely.
I am so grateful for those who have fought for rights and our freedoms.