My father is a patriot and veteran. He served his country for many years in the Missouri Army National Guard. 

Growing up, I remember visiting “the facility” where his unit was. I also remember seeing him off from Fort Leonardwood when I was in the fifth grade. 

I don’t remember how many months he was gone, but today, I found several letters he sent me while he served overseas during Operation Desert Storm. 

I know I don’t have to tell you this, but the fight my father and many others fought in the early 1990’s isn’t over yet. Our troops are still fighting for the future of the next generation. 

In his letter to my fifth grade class, my dad wrote:

“I want you all to understand that what we — the military have done here in the Persian Gulf — was very important for your future as young Americans. Hopefully, by the time you are my age (41) — the world and everyone on this planet will have learned how to live together in peace.”

In 3-1/2 years, I will be the same age my dad was when he wrote that letter to me. I wish I could say that there was more peace in the world. 

Sadly, it’s gotten worse. 

There have been thousands of lives lost fighting for this freedom my father and all soldiers fight so hard for. As we celebrate Memorial Day, please continue to keep past, present and future military men, woman and families in your prayers. 

To all the men and women who have served or are currently serving, and their families, THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices.

God Bless America!

Aunt Bubba