Veteran's Day 2010
Uncle Jack in 1943
and others like my Explorer Post leader, Chuck Reed. I had grown up hearing of service, and even jumped in myself.
Me, in 1985
But I since I was "in", I never saw myself the way I had seen those before me - the ones who had gone and done something and were now the veterans that myself and others could talk to about "how it had been".
Even after I went to war, twice
Me, Afghanistan, 2004
Me, in Iraq, 2008
But now I am going to a middle school assembly today - and I am the one telling the kids "how it was". It feels like I have joined a group I have always looked up to... it is humbling.