Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Military Tribute

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day when our country paused to remember the brave men and women in uniform – both past and present – whose dedication and courage have kept our nation free.

I have the honor of speaking to the Fort Knox Spouses and Community Club, in Fort Knox, KY, on this coming Monday. The luncheon event will focus on the military, and those attending have been asked to bring photos of their veteran heroes. I plan to take pictures of my father, my husband and my son. My Dad and hubby were career Army and served a combined total of fifty-eight years, through WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and both Gulf Wars. Shortly after being commissioned, my son headed to Germany and six months later his unit was sent to war torn Kosovo. Since then he’s had two deployments to Iraq.

Nothing is as difficult as seeing your child go off to war. Unless the child doesn’t come back.

Yesterday we paid tribute to our veterans. Today I want to send out a great big thank you to our military heroes and also to the people who support them . . . the mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, the children, who endure the long separations usually without complaint.

Strengthened by the love and encouragement of their families, our men and women in uniform can focus of the job that needs to be done. Whether in Iraq or Afghanistan, Kosovo or Bosnia, at sea or on land, deployed far from home or stationed within the continental United States, our military needs to know how grateful we are for their service.

Let’s do all we can to support our military and their families. Times are tough for everyone. Separation makes these times even more difficult. With the holidays approaching, think what you can do to help.

Each year I compile the names and addresses of military personnel from my church so our congregation can send holiday greetings and gifts. Another lady collects toys and clothing for children of deployed soldiers who might not have a bright Christmas. Others support the Atlanta USO so that military travelers have a warm and welcoming place to relax as they wait for a flight home or into harm’s way.

Join me this holiday in reaching out to our military. Thank them for their service. Support their families especially during times of separation.

I know the Lord will bless you for your outreach.

God bless you. God bless our military and their families. God bless the USA.

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

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