So the first people I honor today are my grandparents, Hugo and Esther Drews, who raised me from the age of five and a half months. They've been gone for 30 years and 16 years and I still miss them terribly. I no longer live close enough to visit their graves, so I do so in my mind.
Today I also honor the service and memory of my step-father, Fred Hess. He enlisted in WWII and this young Iowa farm boy left home and didn't return for four long years. During that time he saw action with the Third Marines at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Iwo Jima. I don't know how he lived through that and still remained such a gentle man. He never wanted to talk about what he had seen and I can imagine why. We lost him to cancer in 1999 and I miss his smile and infectious laugh.
I also want to honor my sons and grandson..all of whom have chosen to serve our country and in the case of two, still do.
By now if you are a reader of my blog, you've heard about and seen pictures of my eldest son, Michael. This January marked his 28th year in the U.S. Army. He has served this country with honor and dedication and great love. He has been sent to Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Albania, Korea and places I don't even know about. He's the kind of leader our military needs and I'm so proud of him.