Happy Girl's school had a special celebration for Armed Forces Day. It was an absolute blast! The school invited all active duty and vets of any of the armed forces to join in a special celebration. Happy Girl invited Happy Grandpa and Happy Great-Grandad. Grandpa already had a commitment that day and wasn't able to join us, but Great-Grandad was thrilled to be a part of the celebration.
Here is Great-Grandad and Happy Girl. He served as a Merchant Marine during World War II and also served in the Army.
(I heard Grandad might be working on unveiling a blog soon - I'll be sure to keep you posted on any progress!)
This is Happy Great-Grandma with the crew. Aren't they the sweetest things?!!!
Part of the day's festivities was the visit of a Chinook helicopter. Check out the landing of the Chinook videoed by my husband here. This had to be one of the highlights of the day. Being able to meet these men who serve our country and being able to see the kids explore this awesome piece of machinery. FUN!
Happy Boy was thrilled! He now claims he wants to be a pilot.
When Happy Boy saw this...he said,
"Look, Mom! Health!"
If you have ever played a video/computer game that involves solder-y type themes you'll see the red cross as a place to get more "health". Happy Boy has played many games with his dad and was sure that this is the real life health for the soldiers.
The kids also had the opportunity to sit in the Hummer that was brought along on the helicopter
This picture summarizes my emotions throughout the entire day. It was surreal for me to watch my kids playing on the playground with this large Chinook sitting in the background. If it wasn't for the sacrifices of all our Nation's Armed Forces and their families then my family wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedom and peace that we live in daily.
To all our soldiers and their families: THANK YOU! My freedom and safety is because of your sacrifices and you will always be heroes to me.
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