My dad used to say, of soldiers in battle, that the real heroes are the ones who never came home. My husband would always remind him that if none had ever come home, we would have lost in war.
I agree with both. Those who gave their lives protecting our freedom, and those who came home from service are heroes.
Today’s Friday feature is one of simply honoring our soldiers who served or are serving to keep us free:
Honor those fallen ~ thank those who serve ~ they are all heroes
Below are some photos of my dad, from when he bravely served as a tank commander on the front lines in the Korean War. He was a Purple Heart candidate after being shot twice, but refused because of his sentiments about those real heroes described above. Growing up, I was always so proud of his service. However, war did have an impact on him, especially since he saw so many of his Army comrades killed during the heat of battle.
Robert Stephens, served in the Korean War
My dad in the Army
Two other soldiers I am proud of:
Kevin Nash, my step-son, formerly in the Army, served in Kosovo ~ Thanks for your service, Kevin!
Zach Leis, my grandson, recently enlisted in Army National Guard ~very proud of you, Zach!
Do you have a hero you want to brag on? Are you proud of someone who served or is currently serving? I would love to hear your stories as we together honor our soldiers!