Today, like every Veterans Day I can remember, I pause to reflect on the patriotism and sacrifice of my Grandfathers who both served in WWII. One served in the Army and the other in the Navy. Both men loved this country, and their imprint on my life seems especially strong each Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The last four years have been uniquely stirring though, because up though November of 2012 I could still call or stop by to visit one of my grandpas.
I grew up admiring the men that raised my parents. In many ways, they were quite different from each other, and still somehow, I see a combination of traits and character qualities from both in each of my sons. More than genetics, my grandfathers impacted our family in ways that will certainly touch many generations they would never meet.
The day my mom’s dad passed from this life into eternity, our family said goodbye to the last of his generation. I was fortunate to be asked by my mom and her siblings to officiate Grandpa’s funeral, and was proud to lead the celebration of a life well lived, a sailor who loved his country, and the saving grace of Jesus. Now that he is gone, Veterans Day both reminds me of how much I miss my grandfathers, and how important it is to thank our veterans while we can.
The selfless service of America’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families has secured the blessings of liberty for generations and made our nation a beacon of hope around the world. This Veterans Day, Heidi and I are proud to recognize the incredible bravery and sacrifice of all those who have served, and continue to serve in our Armed Forces to protect our nation, defend our Constitution, and defeat our adversaries. We owe them a debt we can never fully repay.
We are blessed to be protected by a volunteer military that steps up to stand guard each and every day. We are also fortunate to have so many military veterans living and working all around us. As Ted pointed out recently, “In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it was remarkable to me the number of active duty, reservists, national guardsmen and veterans I encountered at nearly every storm shelter, volunteer center, distribution line, and devastated home I visited. They have been a crucial force in clean up and recovery efforts all along our coast, from rescue and recovery operations, to rebuilding homes, schools, and churches. Their leadership and service in Texas’ time of need is a reminder of the ongoing contributions our service members and veterans make to our communities years after their selfless service to our nation.”
I may not be able to call or visit my favorite veterans on this Veterans Day, but I am anxious to say thank you to their brothers and sisters in arms. My prayer is that this Veterans Day would be uplifting to those who served, and that they would know the love of a grateful nation.
UPCOMING @TEXASCRUZER EVENTS
Wednesday, Nov. 15
Conversation on Conservative Principles
11:30am at Del Frisco’s Steak House
2323 Olive St. Dallas TX 75201
Thursday, Nov 16
Dallas Eagle Forum Meeting
12:00pm at the University Park Library
8383 Preston Center Plaza #200
University Park, TX 75225
Friday, Nov 17
Stockyards Championship Rodeo
6:00PM at the Cowtown Coliseum
121 E Exchange Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76164