Memorial Day

Memorial Day is more than just a day off of work (well, I had to work today)and more than a BBQ and good sales at the mall. Some people think that people join the military for money, school, travel opportunities, me of those reasons are why people join, but others choose the military for more traditional reasons. The military- any branch- has been around for hundreds of years and have traditions. Generations of families go in to serve, to be apart of something bigger. I joined because most of my family served and I wanted to have independence and college money.

When I was 17 years old, I enlisted into the US Army. I started basic training the day after the 9-11 attacks. I was stationed in Fort Drum New York and served for 4 years. It was the best and worst times of my life.

 I met so many people and am proud that I served side by side with some amazing soldiers, one of which was a good friend of mine that gave his life. Dan was a good friend as well to my ex husband and babysat my daughter.

We lost him and many others and I want to take this time to thank everyone who is serving, or has served and thank you to the families of lost ones. It is a huge sacrifice for those to enlist and serve, and an eternal sacrifice for those who give their lives. You will never be forgotton.

Happy Memorial Day to all my brothers and sisters serving in the military or have served. Especially to those who've paid with their life.