We are proud of those who serve our nation, past and present. We are proud of those sons and daughters that we know by name and those we know by heart.They are all our children. Words are never enough to explain the depth of gratitude we owe these brave men and women.
Veterans Day gives us the chance to say thank you. My dear friend, Mary Ryan, (children’s author) is the proud mother of CMDR James Barry Ryan. Mary told this story:
After the retirement ceremony for our son CMDR James Barry Ryan, USN Ret., the captain who had emceed the program made it a point to tell me how much he admired our son. He especially mentioned how patient and helpful Barry was to the entire staff. “He doesn’t show people how he loves God,” the captain said. “He shows God how he loves people.” There have been many times we’ve been proud of Barry, but that has to rank right up there near the top.
I am proud to say that my son, Sgt. Joe Reinart is a veteran. Thank you to all who have served and for your many sacrifices. We are so proud of your commitment to us. We love you more than you know.