Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

I grew up in a military family. My dad was in the air force for 21 years and even though he got out only a few years after I was born, he ran his home like the military. We got up early (WE didn't dare to burn daylight) and we worked hard. We respected authority and didn't talk back to our superiors. To say that I didn't appreciate it at the time would be an understatement. Looking back on it though (ah, that hindsight) I realize how this shaped me as a person. I am never late. In fact, I would say that 99% of the time I am early. This annoys me but it's a good thing as well. I have a good work ethic. My dad always taught me that anything worth doing was worth doing right. Last but not least my dad instilled in me a great love for my country and for those that serve or have served it.

If you know me, you know that my father was far from perfect. However, he did love me and he loved his country. Today is the 6th anniversary of my fathers death. I always thought it was appropriate that he died on Veterans Day. He was a true American. He served his country with all his might and he loved it. I'm thankful that he helped me to truly appreciate the freedoms that we have and to appreciate those who fought/fight to keep them.

Thank you Dad. Thank you to all those who selflessly give everything, including their lives, to keep this great country free. I appreciate and love all of you. God Bless America!!

6 comments:

Yvonne said...

Beautiful post, tonya. I, too, am so thankful for those that have served and the families of those that served. All have given so much.

Gabrielle said...

WOW! I learn new things about you all the time! What a great way to remeber your Dad and Veterans Day.

gmckibbe said...

Tonya, I really love reading your blog because what you write is so heartfelt and full of emotion. I loved hearing about your dad--what a great tribute that was. You are an amazing person--I'm so glad we've gotten to know each other!

Chel said...

That was a beautiful tribute to your dad and our country. I have such a deep admiration and respect for military families.

Kimberly said...

A beautiful tribute!

Nancy Face said...

This was a wonderful Veteran's Day tribute to your dad. :)

I wish I was always on time! :0