Veteran's Day 2011

I was planning on linking up today, but something kept pulling at my heart.  It's Veteran's Day, and I need to pay my tribute, small as it is, to those who serve our country.
Where would we be today without our military? SERIOUSLY! Would we be under England's rule? Would we be 2 separate nations, the North and the South? Would we be speaking German or Japanese? Arabic? How different would our lives be without the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis: praying, speaking our minds about politics, me being able to even blog this????

I know since September 11th the military has received much protest.  (Which in itself is BECAUSE of the freedoms many sacrificed their lives for...)  Yes, I find myself saying I wish we weren't in Iraq, or in Afghanistan, or anywhere near Libya.  But then I think. If we as a nation, as a super power, sit by and allow these dictators to grow and multiply, then what? When do we stop them, when they're large enough to affect us? When they're bombing US soil? And remember when you're protesting the US presence in foreign's not the troops you should be bashing.  They need our support.

I'm not one for politics, but with 'Occupy Wall Street' going on, remember who fought for the freedom to protest and your freedom of speech!

In honor of Veteran's Day, I would like to share a little bit about 3 brave men who have or are currently serving our country.  Thank you to Molly and Heather for sharing your stories!

My husband is Josh Larson and he served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years.  He started out enlisted and then was picked up to attend the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island.  Upon graduating prep school, he attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  After graduation, he served on the USS Lake Erie in Pearl Harbor, HI during which he did a WESTPAC deployment and participated in the satellite shoot in 2008.  He also served on the USS Normandy and deployed with them as well. Josh is now a civilian after 11 years of service.  So thankful for my Veteran and for the many exciting places that we were able to live and experience together as family.

Brett Staib is an Independent Duty Corpsman ( IDC). He has served in the U.S. Navy for 18 years, he has done 5 deployments between; Okinawa, Iraq, Philippines & Afghanistan. He is currently attached to 3rd Battalion 9th Marines out of Camp Lejeune, NC and will deploy again in June of 2012. He is a wonderful father to three children: Hudson, Brennan & Brookelyn and has been married to his wife Heather for 15 years.

Lt. William W. Peek is currently deployed on the USS Bataan, out of Camp Lejeune, NC.  He went to Rutgers University and graduated in 2009 with a Political Science degree, having already completed his OCS training the summer prior. Wes is part of the 22nd MEU, part of the 2/2, Platoon Leader for Fox Company.  (Hopefully I got that right!)

My heart SWELLS with pride to call him my brother. 

     Thank you Josh, Brett, and Wes for everything you have or are currently doing to serve our country!


  1. Thank you for posting this! My dad served in Vietnam & my husband was in the Army for 10 years. All too often we forget the incredible sacrafice that these men & women make on our behalf!

  2. So beautiful, Aims! Thank you for posting this!