Today, we honor all those who fought and served in our great nation’s armed forces. We remember the sacrifice and the hardship of those, both past and present, who served to protect the freedoms and values of our nation. We give thanks to all, especially those who are no longer here to receive our thanks and made the ultimate sacrifice.
Thank you…for allowing me to have the ability to lead my life the way I please and do the things I love.
I especially thank 3 of the most courageous men who have ever lived:
1. My father, Gary William Champagne, who served in the Navy and manned 50 caliber anti aircraft artillery weapons on numerous Destroyers during the Cuban Crisis.
2. My grandfather, Albert R. Flint Jr, (May 1, 1927 – August 13, 2002), who was a Marine who served during the second World War.
3. My father’s father, William Anthony Champagne (June 15, 1923 – December 18, 1944), who was the radio man for the ill-fated USS Spence, defender of the Pacific Theater during the second World War, who was lost at sea at the tender age of 21.
This is one of my favorite pictures. It is called “Reflections.” The artist is Lee Teter. The picture is hanging in my hallway which allows me to always remember the sacrifice given each day by the men and women of our Armed Forces. I hope you remembered today…