Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Our Heroes

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

My thoughts are filled and overflowing today. Growing up, Veteran's Day was for "older" people. It was hard for me to relate and understand. Now it is all to understandable to me. All too real. These are people that I know. These are friends and family.

  • Specialist James A. "Andy" Burnett. Andy was wounded while serving as an airborne medic in the US ARMY in Afghanistan on Thursday, July 17. Andy was shot in the back of the neck by a sniper in what we now know to have been the most costly battle that the US forces have seen in Afghanistan in the entire length of Operation Enduring Freedom. The round severed a portion of his spinal cord and has, to this point, left him with several injuries and without the use of his legs. Andy has been in rehab in Tampa. His brother and best friend, Daniel, has been there with him. Both are amazing men and remind me so much of David and Jonathon in the Bible in the way they look after each other. Andy is beginning to go on outings from the hospital to the mall. Andy was just awarded his second Purple Heart for his service to our country.

  • Master Sgt. Denny Pettway. When you look at the picture to the right you see my friend, Denny, and his beautiful wife dressed up and ready to go to the Marine Corp. Ball. When I look at it I see the guy whose locker was down the hall from me in 7th grade. That killer smile and those dimples. Girls all over school were "in love" with him, but I was lucky to be friends with him. We are still friends today. I get choked up when I think about him serving on the fields on Iraq. I get tickled when I hear him say that he served two tours of duty in Iraq without injury, but he thinks he needs full gear serving in the public school system. Just this year he has been head butted and bitten.

  • Master Sgt. Brian McAnulty. Denny and I went to school with Brian. He was always smiling. He had such a mischievous streak in him. Soccer was his sport and he was talented. I can imagine him surrounded by Iraqi children playing a game of soccer. It is still difficult to look at that picture and realize that December 11, 2006, will be the two year anniversary since the CH-53 helicopter crashed just after take off in the Anbar province of Iraq.

  • My Daddy. He would just hurt me if I posted his picture here, but my Daddy served our country in the Air Force. His time in the Air Force not only helped our Country, but helped prepare him for some of the work he would do in his "civilian" life. My Daddy is one of the most incredible men you will ever meet. A man of honor, integrity and loyalty. This Country was lucky to have him.

  • There are so many more that I can think of: Mike McCollum (Director of Public Works for our small town who has served many tours), Randy Germany (BIL who was in National Guard), Jay Germany (cousin who is active duty pilot), and many men who we go to church with who are in the service.

On this Veteran's Day, I say what is most appropriate, but also so inadequate....

Thank you!


Anonymous said...

My Dad, my brother and my husband are all Veterans and I'm so proud of them all. God bless all the men and women who served and God bless their families!!
Kelli M
Madison MS

Sharon said...

Wonderful post!!
God Bless our troops and all who serve or served!
Lord, guard and guide the men who fly, And those who on the ocean ply
Be with our troops upon the land,
And all who for their country stand
Be with these men day and night
I pray you will guide them through there flight.
Father, hear us when we pray
For those we love so far away.

Thank you for posting such a beautiful post.

Dr. Wifey said...

Amazing post! my FIL served in vietnam, my granddaddy was in the air force, and now lil bro is in the air national guard. God bless all the veterans, past, present, and future!

i'm black betty said...

there isn't ENOUGH thanks in my heart for these individuals and all veterans!!! thank you.

From the Doghouse said...

There's no way to thank them enough.

Jenn said...

That was a great post!

gingela5 said...

GREAT post! You must be so proud of all of them! It's so hard to put into words what these men and women have done for us!

mayberry said...

Beautiful post my friend.

Carrie said...

What a great post! We can never truly repay those who have sacrificed for our country! May God bless them all.

Confessions of A Mississippi Mom said...

Excellent tribute! I loved it! And I'm proud of all of our hero's and their bravery. Need more then one day to celebrate it ...

Felicia said...

Well said Deanna! My Daddy served 25 years in the Navy and I am so proud of him and all the men and women who have served and who are still serving. We had a gentleman speak in our class today, he was the grandfather of one of our students. He served in Vietnam and showed his medals and uniform to the kids. He choked up telling stories of friends that he served with and those who didn't come home. I wont forget him or his stories anytime soon.

Wyatt Earp said...

Thank you all for your service!