Today is a very special day in the United States of America as it is Veteran’s Day. Today, the citizens of our country recognize and thank those men and women who have served in our nation’s military to defend our country’s freedoms and honors.
This painting was done by Lee Teter. It is called Reflections. I have a print of this painting hanging in my hallway. I have purposely placed it there so that I pass it everyday. That way I can remember, not only on Veteran’s Day, but each day, the sacrifices that so many made. In whatever way you find meaningful, I would encourage you to find a way to be certain that each day you are able to remember the sacrifices made so that we can live freely today.
I’d like to thank three 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 (DD-512), defender of the Pacific Theater during the second World War, who was lost at sea at the tender age of 21.
Thanks to all the Veterans as we celebrate your service on this day…and remember…freedom comes at a powerful cost.