For some reason, I've never thought that I had much military legacy in my family, but I started thinking about my relatives who have served and came up with several.
I'm married to the best one, of course …
Ken joined the Air Force when he was 17 (our son's current age!) and served one term as a Computer Operator back when computer took up entire rooms! He looked good in that uniform, too.
Ken's dad is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller, served in Vietnam, and is still a proud patriot …
Ken's brother is also retired from the Air Force. I think he was in Linguistics … it was always confidential what he did. I know for sure he served, though, because I attended his retirement ceremony! He looked good in dress blues, too.
Obviously, they are now enjoying the freedom of not being told how to cut their hair!
My brother, Tom, served us as well. He was an SP (Security Police) and sported his beret with great style …
… and now sports his baseball cap the same way! He also enjoys the freedom of longer hair styles. Must be something about that … they all have longer hair (except for Dad) and facial hair!
My mom's dad served in the Philippines in WWII and earned four medals with two Bronze Stars. Ken's grandfather also served in WWII and the Korean War and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that he earned medals, too. He served 30 years and is buried in a military cemetery in New Mexico. My mom speaks of one her mom's brothers being killed in WWII in Belgium, potentially having fought at the Battle of the Bulge. His body was never recovered.
Although it sounds like I'm all about how they look in uniform, I'm fully aware of the rigors of the military that these seven men in my family went through. I guess I do have a family military legacy after all. (If any family members know of others in our family who have served, please let me know … I'm curious!)
To you, and to everyone who has served and is currently serving, thank you.