Veterans Day is a special day to me. I am an Air Force brat. From 1963 to 1966 we were stationed at Sculthorpe AFB UK and Spangdahlem, Germany. This was just after the building of the Berlin Wall. I was very young so really didn’t get the seriousness of why were there. All the buildings were painted in camo. We shopped on the economy and really thought of it as home. While we were at Sculthorpe President John F. Kennedy was assassinated I can still remember the English coverage of the event and their sadness on the death of our president. After that my dad was transferred to Germany no doubt because of the increasing seriousness of the cold war.
When our time was finished in Germany we transferred to Lackland AFB where I would see the basics being trained to be sent to Vietnam. A lot of my dates ended up there. It was a very sad confusing time. These young men went to serve their country in a war that most of the country had come to hate. Every night the news was of other young men being killed there. It was a very sad confusing time. My dad was also military and we lived on the base. He got orders for Thailand which was just a jumping point for Vietnam. Because of a medical condition he was never sent there but it was always a possibility.
As you remember those that serve and honor them also take a minute to consider the military dependents who also serve. They have no control of what happens in their lives at any time they can be transferred, the parent can be sent where they cannot go and the remaining parent gets all the responsibility. It is a very hard life. Many who serve end up with physical and mental disabilities. The family can become disfunctional. These are all things that people give up to keep this country safe.
While I certainly do not agree with all the wars we enter into I honor those that have gone to serve.
With great respect and gratitude I salute you all.