I thought about it this morning, but I can’t count the friends, former schoolmates, and acquaintances I know that have served in the armed forces in the last decade. More names keep coming to mind. You know who each of you are, and your service and sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for serving.
The veteran closest to my family is by far Grandpa “Joe” Bucholtz, United States Navy, USS Blue. He returned from Naval service in World War II to his sweetheart Eleanor to start a family, serve in civil defense, work at Studebaker, and of course, find a free way to watch Notre Dame football home games by ushering in the stadium. 🙂 (My dad and one uncle picked up that last tradition too!)
My Grandmother’s eyes light up to this day talking about him, even though he passed away when my dad was only 6 years old. His nephew’s family I met a few years ago through wedding photography had nothing but the best to say about him too. Our family would not be what it is today without his love for his family, country, and Fighting Irish football.
Thank you to all those who have served and who serve today. I cannot sing the National Anthem without thinking of all you have done for our country. May God bless and keep you and bring you home swiftly and safely to your loved ones.