Veteran’s Day … honoring our veteran’s

by Trenda

Being married to a veteran, my eyes always “brim” when I hear the Star Spangled Banner … when I go to the Veteran’s Hospital … or when I hear the somber strands of Taps being played.  Today is a very special day.  This is a day I can collectively thank our veterans and tell them with a heart full of gratitude … “thank you for your service; thank you for your sacrifice; thank you for your selflessness.”

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A Day in the Life of a Veteran

Today I am writing about my husband … the strongest, most courageous, unselfish and unpretentious man I know … my very own soldier, my very own veteran 💗

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It’s because I am so very proud of him and all of our military heroes that I am writing this. I am writing this for those who have asked me over the years about Richard’s military career.  I am writing this for those who have wondered what it’s like to be a soldier.  I’m also writing this for those who wonder … why do we celebrate Veteran’s Day.

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This is a summary of the very last day my husband, Richard, ever flew a helicopter and the price he and his crew paid for helping others live a life that is filled with the freedoms we take for granted.

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While flying a Special Forces Team in on a rescue mission during the Vietnam war, the helicopter – my husband, Richard and Bill Seaborn were flying – came under attack and was hit by AK-47 fire, and a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) exploded into their ship, and destroyed the flight controls and they crashed headlong into the trees and into the jungle of Vietnam.

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Richard was knocked unconscious when the helicopter crashed, but his gunner was able to pull him out of the wreckage before the helicopter burst into flames.  For the next 6 1/2 months, Richard was in the hospital with head injuries, and bullet wounds in his hand, his ankle, and along his spine.  He had a broken jaw, a broken nose, shrapnel wounds all over his face and hands, and both eyes were hemorrhaged.  His leg was in traction and he had a broken femur, a broken tibia, a broken ankle, and all the toes on his right foot were crushed.  When he was finally released, he was still in a body cast.  His life was forever changed, but he never complains.

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Thankfully, Richard and 2 other soldiers in his crew, survived that day. However … sorrowfully, Bill Seaborn, Richard’s friend and fellow pilot and 4 Special Forces soldiers didn’t survive, and were killed that day.  The day their helicopter was shot down over an obscure jungle in Vietnam there was no fanfare, no applause; no accolades … they were just fighting for the freedom of others and fighting to protect the men they were with.

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My husband standing in front of the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington D.C.  – the friend and fellow pilot that was killed the day their helicopter was shot down … William H. Seaborn 

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It’s inappropriate to say “Happy” Veteran’s Day … so how do you truly thank a veteran? With eyes brimming and a heart full of gratitude … “thank you for your service; thank you for your sacrifice; thank you for your selflessness.”

thank-you  You honor Veteran’s Day remembering … “The price of freedom, isn’t free.”

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Honoring all our Veterans ~ November 11, 2016

From my cottage to yours  ~  Trenda

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today!  I’d love to hear from you!  Please leave any questions or comments, below.