In Honor of My Father

Dear Dad,

I wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts today in honor of Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your dedicated service to our country and to our family. I am proud of you and praise God that you returned safely to us each time you were deployed.

I never liked being a military kid growing up. Moving and changing schools frequently was extremely hard for me. Saying good-bye to dear friends over and over always broke my heart. And being the new kid–sometimes in the middle of the school year was especially difficult for me since I was a shy kid.

May your retirement be blessed!

But now that I am an adult, I am able to look back with so much gratitude for the experience. It taught me how to adapt to new situations and places quickly, to reach out to people when I walk into a room of strangers and introduce myself, and you showed me different parts of the world and various cultures that I may never be exposed to again. I feel immeasurably blessed. But I am most blessed by the fact that I have a father that proudly served his country with honor and courage. Thank you, Dad.

P.S. I still have all of the letters you sent me when you were deployed. They are treasures to me and pieces of history.