It often comes up that I served in the United States Navy. People always say, thank you for your service, and this always leaves me with a loss for words. I never thought that a decision I made when I was 18 would mean so much to so many people. At 18, you’re looking for excitement and adventure –– a chance to see the world, and of course, I had patriotic reasons for joining as well. Most of the elder generation of my family had served in WW2, and this had a big impact on me as I, too, decided to enlist.
My Service in the Navy
I was a peace-time Sailor, and my years of service ended during Desert Shield. This was the staging operation leading up to the first Gulf War. Many brothers and sisters have sacrificed more since my days in the Navy. They enlisted knowing, as we all do, that they were putting themselves in harms way, for them and our nation.
Today is Veterans’ Day –– a day to remember the sacrifices made by those of us who served. But I want to remind everyone of the sacrifices made also by the families of our veterans and current service members. We may put ourselves in the line of fire, but we do it for those at home –– our mothers, fathers, wives, and children –– and for all of the people of this great nation.
I was a peace-time sailor. That to me is a small contribution, but I hold my head high because I had the honor to stand the watch for my country. So when you see the flag today, remember all of us –– those who gave their lives, those who stood the watch, and the families that supported us.
And to those who want to say, “Thank you for your service”, I say, “It was my honor to stand that watch –– to serve you, and my