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But the veteran who really brought Memorial Day home to me was my husband’s young cousin. He served two terms in Iraq and had been home for a year or so when he was killed in a car accident just down the road from our house. It was shortly before his 27th birthday. He had a serious girlfriend and was in the process of looking for a job, since he’d just completed his college degree. On top of that, he was one of the nicest people you’d ever meet. It was a heart-breaking situation.
Sitting at the funeral, my first thoughts were: what a waste. What a shame. He had so much more life to live. And yes, while that’s true, it wasn’t up to me to decide that. But then several members of his platoon, dressed in their army garb, came in as a group and sat down. They were sad, of course, since they’d lost a very dear friend. But when I looked at their faces, what I saw was pride. They were proud of their comrade. Proud to be part of the army. Proud to serve their country in whatever capacity it required. No matter what.
So had our cousin. He’d been so proud to join the armed forces, to be a part of something larger than he was. He was so proud of his country.
I don’t think I will ever again take Memorial Day for granted. All I have to do is remember the looks on the faces of the army corp. at the funeral. And I know the importance of serving your country.
Rest in peace, Randy.
Can you tell us about Men in Uniform?
We admire a man in uniform, and what better way to celebrate it than a collection of stories inspired by men fighting to defend our country, and the women who love them? This sweet collection of romance spans the generations of men of valor from present day dating back to World War II.
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I love the cover and this is a book definitely going on my TBR pile.
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