Nov 10, 2009
On Veterans Day, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all the veterans of our wars who have served and sacrificed..... WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and active soldiers who have and are sacrificing every day.
Some veterans have not been given the respect that they truly deserved until recently. Some basically forgotten and others treated disrespectfully. I am happy to see that lessons were learned and attitudes have changed. I hope that everyone remembers to thank a Veteran, not just today but whenever you meet one.
Always thank them for their service.
I want to thank two soldiers in my life...my husband and my son.
Both are soldiers of the US Army.
My husband Steve is a Combat Vietnam Veteran with two Purple Hearts. He served proudly with the 1st Air Calvary Division, 1/12th Battalion from 1968-1969. He was wounded in Cambodia when hit by an RPG when his platoon was ambushed.
On October 15th of this year, Steve was awarded the Silver Star Honorable Service Medal from the State of Maine at the Sanford VFW Post. He and 30 other veterans from different wars, were presented with the medal by Major General Bill Libby, a Vietnam Veteran and 1st Calvary soldier, which I thought was very fitting for Steve. They also received certificates of award along with their medals. It was a wonderful ceremony for the veterans and their families.
This is Mr Peter Ogden, director of the Bureau of Maine Veteran Services, shaking Steve's hand. Mr Ogden started this program in 2006 to honor those Maine Veterans with Purple Hearts.
My son Aaron is active duty with the US Army reserves. He is currently stationed with the 716th Engineer Co, 368th Battalion
To both of you, Steve and Aaron....
I am so proud of you and love you very much.