Each year I talk to my kids about the patriotic holidays. Each year they get the message more and more clear as to why our Soldiers are so important to us. This year Blake turned the tables on me. He asked what the word meant. Ok lets go to the dictionary and look it up. He hopped on the computer and found the bookmark for the dictionary and typed in veteran as I had written it down for him.
here is what he came up with
[vet-er-uhn, ve-truhn] Show IPA
1. a person who has had long service or experience in an occupation, office, or the like: a veteran of the police force; a veteran of many sports competitions.
2. a person who has served in a military force, esp. one who has fought in a war: a Vietnam veteran.
3. (of soldiers) having had service or experience in warfare: veteran troops.
4. experienced through long service or practice; having served for a long period: a veteran member of Congress.
5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of veterans. (according to Webster dictionary)
So we discussed this. He asked what warfare was. Explained to him it is basically a combat zone. Like we have with Iraq and Afghanistan. When Papa was active in the Army it was Korea and Vietnam. I explained to him that Cousin Megan’s husband Derek was a Veteran too. They asked how and why. I explained he served in Afghanistan. I want to say Iraq as well though I am not sure. That he fought for our freedom just as much as Papa did. We also talked about how some of Daddy’s friend will be going over to help continue to fight for our freedom while we are in Germany. He was really cute and stated that his prayer list just got really long. I just told him that is why it is so important when you see someone in Uniform from Military to Police you thank them for their service. Those people are the reason we are safe.
Our family thanks those who have served and are currently serving. A special thanks to our family members who have served.