When I was 19 the last thing I ever wanted to do was join the military. The thought of going to war and possibly losing your life is not very appealing to many folks. Back home, I wasn’t enjoying college life but didn’t want to work in a factory or foundry like so many of my high school friends.
So, with much trepidation, I decided to join the Air Force. Thank you Air Force! Thank you to all branches of the service. I learned to be a man; shave every day, work hard, do my job and respect my fellow service members.
In the process, the Air Force taught me how to be a Mainframe Systems Programmer, a skill that has been good to me for over 25 years now.
I was lucky; I didn’t have to face war. One of my best friends from high school wasn’t so lucky. He was a machine gunner in the Army and lost his life in a small battle in Panama. He was 20.
We take this day to honor thousands men and women, like my friend, who gave their lives to protect our country. Without their sacrifices, we wouldn’t have the same freedoms we have today.
On this Veterans Day, please take a moment to thank all who have served this great country. Please remember fondly all the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to make this country great.
To all of my fellow veterans: I salute you and hold a special bond with each of you.
God Bless America.