As I take time this weekend to honor my husband’s service in Vietnam, my niece’s service in Iraq, and the rest of our nation’s veterans, I am reminded of some of my ancestors who’ve proudly served America, some giving up their lives for our freedom.
My father, Russell Dale Brown, served in World War II in the US Army Air Corps. My father-in-law, Herman Paul Amann, served in the US Army, Central Europe, in WW II. Both my grandfathers, Albert Lewis Brown and Carl Judson Huntington, served in World War I in the US Navy. My 2nd great-grandfather, William Barker, gave up his life during the Civil War serving in the New York 97th Infantry Regiment. He died at Culpeper Co. VA. in 1863. My 4th great-grandfather, Lt. Col. James F. Steen, gave up his life at King’s Mountain, NC. in 1780 so that our country, the United States of America, would remain independent of England.
So while you are enjoying a family gathering, or are camping, boating picnicking, or participating in other recreational activities this 3-day weekend, take a minute, bow your head, and give thanks to all the men and women who’ve served so bravely and honorably for our country and our freedom.