“Most of us, most of the time, live in blissful ignorance of what a small, elite, heroic group of Americans are doing for us night and day. As we speak, all over the globe, American sailors and submariners and aviators are doing something very dangerous. People say, ‘well, it can’t be too dangerous because there are no wrecks.’ But the reason we don’t have more accidents is that these are superb professionals; the fact that they master the dangers does not mean that the dangers aren’t real.
Right now, somewhere around the world, young men are landing high-performance jet aircraft on the pitching decks of aircraft carriers – at night! You can’t pay people to do that; they do it out of love of country, of adventure, of the challenge. We all benefit from it, and the very fact that we don’t have to think about it tells you how superbly they’re doing their job – living on the edge of danger so the rest of us need not think about, let alone experience, danger.”
George Will, commenting during the ABC news special coverage, on Jan 28, 1986, of the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
Though Veteran's Day was officially yesterday, today is the day that is designated for its celebration. I am so lucky and blessed to have my very own Veteran at home to celebrate this go-round. I know too many families who are without a Mommy, Daddy, husband, wife, brother or sister, daughter or son today - though I am sure that their absence does not diminish (and may very well enhance) their families' celebration of their pride.
Thank you to all those who serve, will serve, and have served in the past.
Reunited after our very very first military separation.
Don't we look like babies? Geeze Louise.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Evelyn Rae is SIXTEEN months old, I am 27 (!!) weeks along with Baby Bump
...and look at what we were doing last Veteran's Day.