We have had many members of our family serve in the Military.
Thomas Baker (great-grandfather) Infantry 1800's
Rufus Oren Weems (husband's grandfather) - Army - 1st World War
Lawrence W. Geske (my dad) - Navy - WWII
Clarence W. Geske (my dad's twin) - Navy - WWII
Ruth Geske Hale (their sister) - Navy Nurse - WWII
Claude Schonberger (my uncle) - Air Force - WWII
Kent Schonberger (my uncle) - Air Force - WWII
Weston Weems Sr. (Father-in-law) - Navy - WWII
Vincent Weems (my husband's uncle) - Navy - WWII (Died on the Destroyer Twiggs) - WWII
Weston Weems Jr. (my husband) - Navy - Vietnam War
My nieces and their daughter have husbands that also fought in the more recent Afghanistan and Iraq battles.
When my husband and I were first married, we lived the military life; moving every couple of years, long periods of time apart, fear that they would be called into service in an area where death is a daily happening. We did travel and see the world, shopped at the PX for WAY less than stores in town, got an education that has become my husbands career, benefited from the free medical care and made lifetime friends. But it wasn't easy everyday. So when a day like today comes along it feels so good to remember the sacrifices every serviceman AND THEIR FAMILIES make to help keep America free. My hat is off to you, I pray for your safe return and for your families and I support you for all you are doing. THANK YOU!
Oh, and I can't leave this post without saying that my daughter Melody and her fiancee, Mike had their first child, Anthony Joseph Velazquez on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 11:42. Everyone is doing great!