From the Desk of the Fox,
Today is Memorial Day. A day set aside by my government to remember those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Many around me have confused Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. Military Veterans.
While some in my family have served the US Armed Forces, none have died while on active duty – they were lucky.
- My younger brother serves as a US Army Reserve Officer out of Fort Campbell; Prior to that he served in Fort Bragg, the DMZ in the Korean Peninsula, and Fort Polk.
- My youngest brother was set to serve as an Air Force member, but due to personal issues did not make the cut.
- My father served with the US Navy at the NUWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
- My uncle served with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg.
- My aunt served at U.S. Army Garrison in Hawaii.
- My uncle served, and almost died, while stationed at the US Army base in Ansbach, Germany.
- My Grandfather was stationed at a refueling depot in Iceland with the US Army, two of his children followed in his footsteps.
I salute all the fallen heroes who gave their lives defending my country. It is their sacrifice that allows me to have the freedom to do the things I enjoy. It is their sacrifice that reminds us that freedom isn’t free.
I extend a heart-felt thanks to the families of all our fallen soldiers, please remember their service, their choices, their giving it all for all of us.