Updated: Dec 31, 2019
November 11 1919; end of World War I: President Wilson proclaims the first Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
I spent eight years in the United States Coast Guard. Four years active duty, four years Active Reserve duty. My husband did the same but in the United States Air Force. My brother Michael was a fighter pilot and lost many of his friends during combat missions. My son spent several years as a BCO 3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. In case you are unfamiliar with these guys, they are bad asses. My father was in the 101st Airborne Division, and my four brothers’ father was one of the last POWs to come back after ten years of imprisonment. My dedication to the military of this country runs deep.
Men and women choose to go into the Armed Services for different reasons. But ultimately it is because they feel a deep calling and sense of pride to stand up for this country. To protect the civil liberties that this country was founded on. They put their lives in danger rescuing those Americans and Non-Americans who find themselves caught behind enemy lines. They put their lives on the line daily for men, women, and children they do not know.
I hold a great sense of pride and thankfulness that I live in this country. That I was lucky enough to be born here. I am grateful that I can live my Catholic Faith without fear of death. I am grateful that I can elect the President and Congressional members, instead of being threatened or forced to live under a regime that would just as quickly kill me for that same faith.
We as a nation tend to forget about these men and women and the sacrifices they make to protect us. On this Veterans day while some of these Service members are losing their lives in countries they have no allegiance to, some here at home are burning cars and property because they disagree with the presidential election. I think we can find a better way of dealing with our differences.
I think if we just stopped and took a long deep breath, we could come together as one nation, one people and work together to fix the problems we face. I am not so naïve that I think this can be accomplished overnight. But I truly believe this country and all its members regardless of race, color or sexual orientation can, in fact, work together for a solution.
I truly believe that we can come together and solve our issues in a manner that would make the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, who serve this country without reservation, proud to sacrifice their own lives for ours.
Thank you—Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard for all that you do for my family and me. I am forever in your debt.
I write crime fiction horror, thriller, and paranormal novels. My time in the Coast Guard and my degree in Forensic Chemistry helps me create fantastic stories.
If I'm not writing, I am binge watching Netflix and probably drinking whiskey.