My earliest memories of Memorial Day are giving some change to a man with a tin in front of the commissary on base and getting a red poppy to wear in exchange. I loved those paper poppies! Of course now that I’m older I can understand and appreciate the true meaning of the day, and it has nothing to do with accessories! I come from a military family, grew up a military brat, both my grandfathers and my father are all retired and my brothers are currently active duty. I have family, friends, family friends, friends of friends who have served and are serving. I am so proud of all they have done for our country and all they are doing for our country.
They have devoted themselves to preserving liberty so that we have the freedoms that we take for granted. I feel so grateful knowing those young men and women are out there fighting so that I can wake up each morning knowing that I can be who I want to be, say what I want to say and go where I want to go without even thinking about it. Here are the veterans closest to my heart, in no particular order. Thank you and I love you, next beer is on me!