|Grandpa, Ralph DeRemer|
I didn't know then that my paternal grandfather was a soldier in World War I. I didn't know my birth father made a career with the Air Force. I still know little about his life and his service to our country. I found that two of my brothers served. I am so proud to know this, I honor them and thank them for their sacrifices.
My youngest brother, Mitch just retired, he did three tours in Afghanistan. He flew the Blackhawk helicopter and was awarded with the Distinguished Flying Cross. I think that kind of service changes a man. I pray now for him to be able to go on and live a life that gives him peace and happiness.
|Red, White and Blue|
Today I have my flags raised in the front yard. I, at last, feel connected to those who have helped protect our rights and freedoms.
One of the coolest things that happened this summer was when I took my brother Mike and his wife Jeanne to their first pow wow. I have always been moved by the thanks and honor that go to the Veterans at pow wows and this year was no different. They carry flags for each branch of the military and honored ALL who have served, the Veterans walk the sacred circle as we stood and saluted them, there were men and women, old and young. This year they honored anyone who served in the military and had taken their final sacred journey in the past year. Mike gave them our fathers name and it was read aloud with all the other names. I felt proud to hear our fathers name, Stephen Guy DeRemer, read among the others. Tears fall now as I write this blog, for our Dad and all others who have given so much.
|Independence day for these|
fledged barn swallows too.