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On this day, we #honor those who have given the ultimate #sacrifice for this great #nation of ours. Men and Women who stepped forward without hesitation, when others walked away. Individuals who came together in #unity to defend the soil we walk on, the #rights that we privileged, and the #freedom we breathe. I commend you. I #support you. I am #thankful for you.
This #holiday weekend has additional meaning to my family. A #history that has carried both #emotions and #celebration. In 1996, we said goodbye to my amazing, hard as nails, Great-Grandma of mine. I learned what it meant to be an #independent, hard-working woman from her. I also learned how to swear in German from her! She could do anything. In 1997, one year later, we began the #tradition of honor and celebration. We honored her #memory and celebrated her life, by visiting her resting place every year. After leaving the cemetery, we'd join the #family to celebrate my #grandpas birthday, to share in smiles and #storytelling. Every year. In 2005, after my grandma had passed, the celebrations became a little quieter but never waivered. Year after year, I continued to honor my family members and bring my grandpa the best #birthday he could wish for. The only year missed was 2016, when I was living in Georgia. Celebrating my grandpa's birthday was something I looked forward to every year. And the smile it always brought him...
This year. This year is the hardest of all. My grandpa. My hero. My best friend. There is no birthday celebration this year. There's no hugs, laughter and card games. Thanks to mother nature, there's not even a trip to the cemetery. What you will find, is never-ending support, #admiration, honor, and love for our favorite #veteran. I am forever #proud to be his granddaughter.