I come from a family of veterans. I don't think I've ever shared on this blog the fact that I am one.
Being a very patriotic bunch, we all served during periods of war.
My great-grandfather, Ami, served in the Calvary on the Union side in the civil war and lost a finger from bayonet wounds.
My uncle Sperry was a POW in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during WWII. His little brother (my father) lied about his age (16) to go to war to find and save him.
My two older brothers and I all volunteered for service during the Viet Nam War. Both brothers served in the war zone while I served in the Philippines at an Air Force base that provided support to the war effort.
When I look back, it's really surprising how shocked men were that women could handle the job!
I was the first female Air Traffic Controller to be stationed in Southeast Asia during the war, and the first female to work in a Radar Approach Control.
As an Air Traffic Controller, I was able to talk my way into many exciting adventures to familiarize myself with what the pilot was experiencing.
So, though I love to decorate with whimsy using the red, white and blue... and chickens and other barnyard friends... I do not take our liberty and independence for granted.
On this July 4th, I give thanks to those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. God bless America and the current men and women who serve.
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