Today we honor those who have served our country and put their very lives on the line to keep us free and oft times to preserve or fight for the freedom of others. Every Veteran is a hero. But my favorite Veteran is my Father-in-law.
My father in law is a quite man who has led a life of service as a soldier, father, grandfather, and now as a missionary. My Father-in-law was an officer in the Army Special Forces... a Green Beret. Dad served in Viet Nam and put his skill to use not only fighting but serving the people who he was fighting to protect. He is a warrior for what is right no matter where he is... no matter who he's with.
Dad received a Purple Heart for saving his men at great cost to himself under enemy fire. He was severely wounded and to this day has no feeling in parts of his hand and the scars to prove it... but he doesn't. Dad is quiet and modest and has spent his life humbly serving God and his country.
He continues that service, only in Africa. He's been serving the people of Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Sudan for 2.5 years with his dear wife. We miss him terribly but are honored to call him Dad and Grandpa for the example he sets for our children. Our lives are blessed because he has always put Faith, Family, and Freedom first.
This Veteran will never ask for a word of thanks nor ever call attention to himself. He presides over our family and has set a standard for all 7 of his children and 19 of his grandchildren. His greatest honor will be to see his children serve their God, Country and Families and live lives of service to their fellow man.
Happy Veteran's Day Dad. We love you, we're thankful for your sacrifice and example and know the world is better because of you and people like you who defended the freedoms we enjoy.