Honoring Memorial Day 2014

unnamedMemorial days always make me focus my thoughts on my Grandfather.  He passed last year, and there hasn’t been a day when he’s been too far from my thoughts.  He was a Naval officer — a somewhat James Dean / Jack Palance rogue who served in the Korean and Pacific Wars (I think I spoke at length about him last year).

Special days like today, I think about how he frequented the VA, and kept in touch with various people he served with.  I also think about VA’s today, and the variations in age of people who are there.  I think of the times I’m at the airport when planes come in, and there’s large groups of people standing around clapping as uniformed soldiers walk off the jet bridge.

240px-Graves_at_Arlington_on_Memorial_DayI think of the people who have soldiers across oceans, and my heart hurts for those friends and families who have lost sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, moms and dads, cousins, grandfolks, and other loved ones.  I think of the pride I hear when a retired soldier speaks of his or her brotherhood or sisterhood — the military family.  I think of these people, and I’m thankful for what they have signed up for, and what they would do for our country.

On this Memorial Day, I am rocking my Grandpa’s beloved Navy ball cap (complete with war memorial pins he had collected), and I’m wearing a loved one’s army sweatshirt.  They may not be with me physically, but they (and many, many others) are in my heart, and I am thankful.


To our soldiers, past, present, and future: THANK YOU.
To the families of our soldiers, and friends and networks supporting our soldiers: Thank You.

Happy Memorial Day!

Izzy Neis
Director of Engagement & Strategy

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Posted on May 26, 2014

My Grandfather (or PaPa as we lovingly called him) was a WWII Veteran. He passed away when just around the time I turned 16, so it’s been many years. He rarely spoke of his service, but he always had a great deal of pride and patriotism towards our nation. I still miss him terribly, and he will always be a much loved hero both as a family man, and a soldier. And being the only girl out of 6 grandkids, I can always say I was his favorite granddaughter 🙂

This is from the WWII Memorial Registry.

Posted on May 26, 2014

Today I honor the memory of LCPL Marcus Glimpse, United States Marines and Sgt Scott Stream, US Army, young men who gave their lives for our freedom.

Posted on May 26, 2014

Amazing, Cathy!! – Izzy

Posted on May 26, 2014

Today (everyday) my memories are focused on my dad, what he means to me, who he was, what he stood for and for the fact that he was my hero. Now, he’s with the rest of the family and no longer in pain.

The memorial link will take you to his memorial page with pictures, video and audio of my dad’s amazing voice. His passion in life was to sing.

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