The Veterans in My Family

Today is Veteran’s Day in the US, so I wanted to take a moment to honor the various veterans in my family who have served this country and hopefully made the world a better, safer place.

  • My grandfather on my father’s side was in the Army Corps of Engineers, serving in China building bridges. As the story goes, he spent some time with Chiang Kai Shek, who gave him a sword that was lost after my grandfather passed away many years later.
  • My grandfather on my mother’s side served in Cuba during World War II.
  • My other grandfather on my mother’s side (my grandmother remarried) fought in World War II in Europe, including in the famous Battle of the Bulge in France.
  • My Uncle RB served in Korea after the Korean War.
  • My brother-in-law was an officer in the Navy on nuclear submarines.
  • My cousin is currently serving in the Navy.
  • Another cousin has served in the Army for years.

From the bottom of my heart, I’m so grateful that these family members–along with friends like Scott, John, Joe, and Jeff–have dedicated significant portions of their lives to the Armed Forces. I think we all serve our respective countries and the world in various ways, but serving in the military–particularly with compassion and respect for various nations and cultures–is one of the most direct ways to do that, and I appreciate what these veterans have done.

Do you have any veterans or active service members in your family?