I think it is important to acknowledge this holiday, Veterans Day, and to show our gratitude for those who have served and our appreciation to those who are currently serving. My father served in the Navy during the Korean War Campaign in the early 1950's. He was an airplane mechanic. And very proud of his service to his country. I remember years later during the Vietnam Campaign, as I was making my way through my teenage years and wondering if I too would serve military duty. Fortunately, that war ended just a few years before I would have been old enough to have been called for the draft. I am always curious about such things. What would have happened? What would have happened if that war had continued and I served? What would my life have been like afterward? What direction would I have taken? What might have been. We will never know. I had no military aspirations growing up. I never considered volunteering for duty. I had two cousins, very close in age, who both served in the Navy. They both enjoyed their time in the service and then went on to successful careers in civilian life. Not everyone is suited for military life. I was not. But many are, and those are the men and women who are serving today and protecting us from enemies foreign and domestic. A big "Thank You" to all of these guys and gals from all of us at Welcome to Crest Avenue. We appreciate your service more than we could ever express in words.
In honor of that, I have attached my American flag lapel pin to my shirt for the day.