Sunday, November 11, 2007

For the Veterans in Our Family

Many, many members of my family have served (and some are still serving) this great country of ours. Today, I would like to honor them for putting their lives on the line for our freedoms. My father, Joe. Dad served in 3 branches of the military, finally retiring from the United States Air Force Reserves. Pictures are, from left to right, of Dad in his Air Force blues, Dad when he was in the United States Navy and Dad when he was a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. (He joined the Guard illegally, at the age of 16, then did a hitch in the Navy and then signed up with the Air Force. )
My husband, Randey, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force Reserves after having spent 10 years on active duty.
My precious son, Nicholas, who is serving in the United States Air Force and has flown in too many combat missions for me to count.
My mother, Betty, who retired from the United States Air Force Reserves.



My darling Uncle Wally, who retired from the United States Navy (yes, guys...this is Aunt Sandi's husband).
My brother-in-law, Ken, who retired from the United States Air Force Reserves after first having spent around 10 years in active duty.
My nephew, Joseph, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force Reserves.
My step-father-in-law, Wally, who retired from the United States Navy.
My Uncle Mac, who served in the United States Navy.


My brother-in-law, Andrew, who is retired from the United States Army.

I have many other relatives that served in the military whose pictures aren't shown. They include my Uncle Lonnie, who retired from the United States Army; my step-father, Jack, who retired from the United States Navy; my cousin Alonna, who served in the United States Air Force Reserve; my cousin Don (Dutchie) who retired from the United States Air Force; my uncle Don, who served in the United States Air Force; my cousin Stephen, who served in the United States Army; my cousin Frank, who served in the United States Army; my husband's step-brother, Scott, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force Reserves; my Great Uncle, Sentiff Charles McBride, who served in the United States Navy back in the 1930's; and my Great Uncle Hiram Wallace McBride, Jr., who served with the Office of Strategic Services back in WW II and is a true, blue American hero. In fact, all of these people are heroes to me. You all have done, or are doing, a job that can often times be downright thankless. But I thank you...every moment of every day that I breathe free air, I thank you.

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19 comments:

  1. What a wonderful representation of military in one family! I know you must be proud.

    xo,
    Rhoda

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  2. A BIG thank you to the men and women of your family who sacrifice themselves for our freedom. I appreciate it and think of them all as heros also!

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  3. What a huge sacrifice has been made by your family. God bless each and every one of them!

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  4. Fantastic! What an incredible heritage you have!

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  5. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos of all who have served our country :o) I met my husband when he was in the Army so you know I love a man in uniform!!! LOL..
    ~Des

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  6. God Bless this country and all that who have served. Your family has done our country well.
    Your son is a doll.
    GO USAF!

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  7. Whao! Wat a lovely tribute, it was a real treat to see Uncle Wallace and your Son Nic (jodie's Husband), I smiled at that.
    You dad was in 3 branches??? How did he manage that?
    I'm embarrased at my bootcamp pictures. The graduation book is stored somewhere in my basement. Hopefully, I'll be able to someday look at it again. Wonder how all my old shipmates are doing?

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  8. Goodness Kari, you have a strong family. I am so humbled by the lives of these veterans and all of those who defend our freedoms.

    Love,
    Julie

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  9. Wow Kari, that is so amazing and great to have that many family members who served and are serving.I got to say your son is too cute. Thanks for this tribute!

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  10. A big thank you to all the people in your family who have helped to keep us the land of the free and the home of the brave. They represent the finest.

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  11. Wow--you have a great legacy of patriots!!! And it was so neat reading of them. I don't think I ahve that many people in my family!!!

    My dad served in the US Navy--his father served in WWI, his brother in the Korean conflict (both Army) and my son in law served 2 tours in Iraq as a 1st Lt Marine!!

    Thanks to all of them--their gift of giving is far beyond my comprehension!

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  12. Omigosh, Kari, you really do come from quite a military family...you have every reason to be so proud of them!! We will never forget our heroes from yesterday, today and tomorrow. xox

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  13. Ww all owe your whole family a big thank you for all the years that they have served our country. You have much to be proud of.

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  14. How proud I am to be your friend.
    Please know and let them know that I salute and bow to them.
    My big respects and thanks.
    God bless America
    God bless your lovely honorable family!

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  15. Your family certainly has done/is doing more than its share of defending our country. What a lovely tribute to the military men AND WOMEN in your family!

    Next Veterans' Day I will have to write about my uncles who survived WWII.

    Julie

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  16. What an amazing and patriotic family you have. You deserve to be proud of each and every one of them. We all thank them!

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  17. I love this post with all the pics of everyone. How sweet?!!

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  18. Your family is awesome!! And pretty darn good lookin' to boot! YOU know I just love a man in uniform!
    : ) Thanks to them all...my heart is with them all.

    Love,
    Sue

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