Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gratitude Challenge Day 22: The US Navy

Today is technically Day 23, but I've only missed Day 22 by about 20 minutes so I'm calling it good. :)

Tonight's entry is short, but filled with a lot of emotion. We buried my grandfather today. A lot can be said about a subject like that! But, tonight I am thankful for the U.S. Navy.

My grandfather proudly served during World War II. He once said that he had mixed feelings when the war ended... he was excited and relieved but saddened because he was out of a job. It broke his heart to be discharged. He talked proudly of his experience in the service all of his life.

Today he was buried with military honors. Three of the Navy's finest came to pay tribute to my grandfather. To see them salute the casket as he was taken by gave me such pause. To hear Taps played brought me to tears. They will never know the comfort that their words brought. Not completely. They will never know how truly grateful we are for their service. We will proudly display the flag presented to my mother. For some reason I feel the desire to grab a Navy sweatshirt for the winter. :)

I thank all service men and women past, present, and future. I thank all of the spouses, parents, and children who hang on in the home front while they serve. They sacrifice more than we will ever comprehend.

I'm thankful for the U.S. Navy because not only does it protect and serve our country, but it gave my grandfather such memories and pride.

Saying a prayer for our service men and women tonight...


Prairiemaid said...

Stephanie, sorry about your grandfather's death.

Yes, the Navy is a great organization and a blessing to all those they serve.


Our Village is a Little Different said...

It is a very touching to see the military come to pay their last respects. I'm sorry for your sadness. Blessed are they that weep and mourn..

Janette said...

The military is such a long line- who care for their own.
It is sad to see the greatest generation leave us.
You are in my prayers as you work through your grief.