Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Veteran's Day 2012 - Please Remember!!

Just a short entry to remember those that have, are and will serve this country by stepping, willingly, into harms way to protect our way of life.  We again, this year, opened Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast to veterans and had a wonderful time!!

The following is from an email we recently received that put things in this busy world into better focus.

In 2007, I attended a West Point Founders Day dinner with my dad, Floyd Bowles '76, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.   My husband, Billy Lewis '02, was deployed to Afghanistan and I was enjoying an "adult" evening with my dad while my mom volunteered to watch my two young children.  After an hour or so of small talk, the buglers announced the start of the formal portion of the evening.  At the entryway into the dining hall, there was a table covered with a white cloth.  On top were the names and pictures of fellow graduates who had been killed in the War on Terror.  It was a poignant reminder of who we are as graduates of the United States Military Academy, and why we exist.  I quickly scanned the names and faces on the table, silently thanking these men and women for their sacrifice.  Then, one picture popped out at me.  One of my fellow I-3 mates had recently been killed in Iraq.  I was at a complete loss; it was shock.  I quietly walked to my table and pulled the emotions running through my heart back to a safe place so I could make it through the dinner.

Later that evening, I went to the West-Point.Org "Taps and Eulogy" page dedicated to my company mate.  I read through his Eulogies.  I found myself clicking on the names of all my classmates lost to the War on Terror.  I read through a lot of their Eulogies that evening too.  Brothers, sisters, moms, dads, soldiers, graduates, parents of graduates, old TAC officers, friends and countless others have visited and left comments on their West-Point.Org Eulogy pages.  I laughed.  I cried.  I remembered.

Every Veterans' Day and Memorial Day I find myself reading through the eulogies on the West-Point.Org website.  I never want to forget the sacrifice they made for our country, and I thoroughly appreciate the service West-Point.Org provides in keeping their memory alive.

Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

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