A true hero

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Friday, May 25, 2012
I've talked many times before about how the people in the military are my heroes. How more than anyone, let alone some hollywood celebrity, they deserve our praise and recognition. 

My sister Rachel, the one with the twins? Her husband (of almost 10 years) Mark went to Iraq twice. He joined the military right after 9/11, because he wanted to protect and defend. My sister. Me. You.

My most favoritist cousin ever Lindey's husband Shiloh (that sentence was sooooo not grammatically correct) has also been to Iraq twice, has been in the army for 15+ years and is still serving.

Rachel and Mark, in their early years, when they lived in Tennessee 

Mark, in his vehicle in Iraq, 2003

Lindsey and Shiloh

Welcoming Shiloh home from 18 months in Iraq last year

And every year on this weekend, I have posted the same video.

And every year, every time I watch it, my eyes still well up with tears.

We are all free because of them




31 comments on "A true hero"
  1. I agree with you 1000% that these military people are our TRUE heroes! Was your sister's husband based in TN? I'm in TN that's why I curious. Great post!

  2. Awe, I love it! =) Shiloh is close to retiring, I think he has been in closer to 17 years. And to The Pink Growl, yes, 5 years at Ft Cambell but we lived in Clarksville. Those were the best visits ever Ravie!!

  3. I have never seen that commercial before...brought tears to my eyes, just Beautiful! They are our true Heros! Thank You!
    Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you and your family!

  4. This is beautiful! When I see videos/commercials like these, my eyes tear up and I am so proud. I'm an Army wife and I get so excited (and emotional) when I see anyones homecoming. It doesn't just have to be my husbands.

    Rachel, My husbands last duty station was Ft. Campbell. I loved Ft. Campbell! We're at Bragg now :)

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Thank you for posting something about Memorial Day today. I feel like people lose touch of what the holiday really is and just go straight to BBQ and beer... great post.Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Such a beautiful post, Raven! A big huge THANK YOU to the heroes in your family, and all the other heroes that protect us!!

    Happy Weekend! xoxo

  7. I have much respect and gratitude for those of who serve our Country to protect people that they have never met. I'm not sure I could do the same...especially if I had a family.

  8. Thank you for posting this! It thrills me beyond words to know that other people besides my family and myself appreciate everything our military does! I come from a long line of soldiers and airmen, and am married to a soldier. It's easy to forget the sacrifices these men and women make for us. I'm happy to see the support you and your family provide :) Thank you!

  9. Such a beautiful video!
    I may have to post in on the blog today :)
    I agree whole heartedly they deserve all the praise and recognition in the world.

  10. Definitely made me tear up! I might be stealing this video from your blog.

    My brother-in-law is in the U.S. Army.

  11. Thank You to both of them, and all of those who protect, defend, and serve our country. And Thank You to their wives who stand beside their men knowing what a huge sacrifice it is. God Bless all those who serve our country.

  12. Great post! Those videos always make me tear up!

  13. Great post Raven! I agree 100%! Love the video!


  14. Agreed! Thank you thank you! My cousin is on his way to Afghanistan within the next month, and my brother just joined basic. We all need to support these men and women as much as we can!

  15. Aw such a great post. Yes, THANK YOU to who defend us and our freedom. I can't view the vid at work :( But it reminds me - I'll have to post my fav Memorial video this weekend!

  16. Thank you very much for posting that commercial. No matter how many times I see it I always cry.
    A big "Thank You" to your military family and all the United States Armed Forces!


  17. Yes, thank you, thank you, thank you! To those who are serving all of us by helping keep us safe.

  18. As a Military wife, videos like this alwaysss bring tears to my eyes. Especially since my husband will be deploying again in just a few weeks.

    Have a safe weekend.

  19. i adore you more and more every time you post.

    this stuff makes me cry no matter what. i can't even watch the military walk in a parade without crying.

    have a great weekend! xo

  20. Annnnnnnnnnd cue tears.....mascara running down my face, thanks a lot! ;)!

    Great post Raven, thanks for sharing!


  21. For my most favoritist cousin, thank you. It's been a wild ride. Shiloh made 18 years this month, we've been married for 14.5, and we are both looking forward to our final assignment followed by Army retirement. Every year someone we know, or someone a friend knows is killed in combat, leaving behind devastated family members. Remembering is so very important, they deserve all of our respect and to have their sacrifices honored.


  22. I thank them for every bit of their service! TRUE HEROES! Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you and your family!

  23. As a military wife myself I just wanted to say thank you you for your support. You are awesome:) Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  24. Thanks for all they do for sure!!

  25. aww that warms my heart :) I love people like you how are proud of our military. I date a guy in the military & I have literally felt the need to end friendships with girls who are rude and disrespectful to those in the military, so it makes me so happy to find those who are respectful of those who give up their lives.

  26. I have never seen that commercial before and just cried watching it. Thank you for posting that and reminding everyone to be thankful & respecting those who give up their lives to make the ultimate sacrifice.

  27. There is nothing that brings tears to my eyes more!!


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