November 11, 2009 was the first Veterans day since 2005 that I got to spend time with my favorite Veteran. My husband has either been in Iraq or preparing to go to Iraq for the last 4 years. I am grateful for his sacrifice and so grateful that I got to see him and celebrate him in person.
Veterans Day. I personally think that everyday should be a day where we honor those who protect our freedoms and liberties.
We kept it low key. We attended the local Veterans Day parade and got pummeled by candy...seriously, I should have borrowed Kevin's body armor. It was neat though, it was awesome to see the different Veterans and all the local organizations supporting our military. I'll be honest, I kept glancing at my husband, smiling and feeling blessed to spend time with him.
After the parade, we had lunch at Applebees and enjoyed our free entrees (Kevin and mine were free since we are Veterans). We had a great waiter who was so nice. We didn't have a long wait or anything and had a great meal.
We concluded our days honors by visiting the post Cemetery. Each of the boys placed a flag on a tombstone. I am amazed that there were not flags there before. (Have some ideas for next year).
I loved watching my boys walk through and read all the tombstones. I admire their reverence and their desire to honor.
We spent the rest of the afternoon/evening together talking about what Veterans Day means to each of us.
We usually do things bigger and grander but simplicity works too. We are grateful for those who have served and continue to serve to protect our freedom.
To my husband, I love you and am blessed by your sacrifice.