Honoring those who serve our county

This Memorial Day I am reflecting on my life as a military daughter, sister and wife. Now more than ever, it seems that people are really stopping to reflect and respect those brave men and women who serve this country we call home.
Sometimes, people get caught up in political affiliations and overlook that we are AMERICANS before we are democrats or republicans. If we would stop bickering long enough, we may even realize that the lines between the two are more narrow than we think.
Growing up in San Antonio and just a few miles from Lackland, Air Force Base, some of my fondest childhood memories include the 4th of July fireworks on base or going to the commissary on the weekends with my father. He would always let me pick out a bag of candy. If I was lucky, we would go over to the BX where I could usually get another small purchase like a cassette tape (yes, I am that old), a new pair of shoes or makeup. I loved being an Air Force daughter because I received quality medical care on base and learned that military people demonstrate hard work ethics, loyalty and compassion.
I have six brothers who have served in the military (Army, Navy and Air Force) and one brother is still in the Air Force Reserves. My husband Philip has served in the Army for more than 17 years and I am grateful for the quality of life that my daughter and I enjoy as a result.
I am slo grateful and in admiration of the other military wives that U have met along the way who make tremendous sacrifices and put in extra work when their husbands are deployed. These mothers are forced to "carry the load" while trying to maintain a healthy self balance as well.
Memorial Day is dedicated to those we lost, those who served and those among us who are the most bravest. Old soldiers don't die. They live forever in our hearts.

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