It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
that has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
who has given us the right to vote.
With today being Veteran's Day we wanted to take a moment and remember some of the special Veterans that have touched our family's life.
Derek: Army, The Global War on Terror-- Iraq & Afghanistan
Martin Davidson (Jodi's Father): Air Force, The Vietman War
Kendall Davidson (Jodi's Grandfather): Army, World War II-- European Front
Mahlon England (Jodi's Grandfather): Marines, World War II-- Pacific Front & The Korean War
Oren Loveland (Derek's Grandfather): Navy, World War II
Henry Talbot (Derek's Great-Grandfather): Army, World War I
And although they are not pictured we would also like to remember all our family members, friends, neighbors, fellow ward members, and home teachers who are Veterans as well. How blessed we have been to rub shoulders with such wonderful people. Thank you to all those who so willing serve our country to preserve the rights and freedoms that our forefathers fought for so long ago.
This summer my Veteran grandfather passed away and we were lucky enough to be able to attend the funeral. Derek was able to wear his dress uniform (thanks to all those who helped in getting it to us). He also got the special priviledge of presenting my grandmother with the flag from the casket. It was special for the whole family and I know my grandfather was proud. I never got time to post the pictures I had so here they are now.
We recently had the opportunity to go out sight-seeing a little bit and got to see one corner of the National Mall. Here are some pictures from that adventure.
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