Today in downtown Marysville we celebrated our veterans with a parade. It is definitely my favorite parade of those held locally, and it always chokes me up a bit. There were thousands in attendance and more entries than I have ever seen before. I always love to see the hundreds of participants wearing their uniforms, and there were plenty there today. My tear-jerker moment came as I watched the members of the Army National Guard walk the parade route and walk up to those veterans in the crowds and shaking their hands, telling them thank you. Several saluted back in return. Watching those young men and women serving today express their gratitude to those who have served before was very touching. You can see the brotherhood and sisterhood that exists among our military members. It connects them to the generations that have gone before and the generations yet to come.
In my own family we celebrated those who have served and those who serve today. Military service is very personal when your family members are part of it. My son in law is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the U. S. Army. He has a wife and daughter at home. My future son in law was deployed last year to Kuwait with the Air Force. Two of my nephews have served in Iraq and the Persian Gulf. One serves in the Army and one in the Coast Guard. My brother in law served in Iraq with the Marines during Desert Storm. My list could go on, but suffice it to say that I am grateful for family and friends who serve our country, and that they have returned home safely to their families. I will continue to pray for those who are in harms way. May they all return home to their loved ones safe and sound. Don’t forget to thank a veteran, not just today but every day.