Honoring Memorial Day and My Son

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

In 2005, my brother took my almost twelve-year old son to Washington D.C.  I came across these photos of their day together and thought they were a fitting send-off to my son who is in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) for the United Stated Army while he studies at a university.

He’s leaving today for mountaineering training in a country very far from home.  I could say how anxious I am about this trip, how world events and politics are sad and disheartening, how I get nauseous thinking about his future, and how much I love him and want him safe and happy.  Instead I’ll  leave you with these photographs.

the Capital

United States Capitol

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue

military helicopter

military helicopter

Almost twelve-years old.

almost twelve-years old

high altitude rescue training

high altitude rescue training



My son with proud dad and sister.

Proud dad and sister at an Army function.


22 thoughts on “Honoring Memorial Day and My Son

  1. Thank you for posting this! I have two grandsons in the Army. One is being deployed to Kuwait the other to Afghanistan. I can understand your nervous heart, but such a tender way to support him. Beautiful photos.

    • Robynn, thanks for commenting. You coined it just right–“nervous heart.” I wish your courageous grandsons all the best on their deployments. My stomach does a little flip just thinking about it.

  2. Hi Naomi, great Memorial day post .wonderful pictures .God bless our service men and women.Thank you for liking my post.Best regards.jalal

  3. We honor your son and all the heroes of our country today and everyday. As a parent, I too have my fears of what’s going on in the world. Of what I might feel when one day he decides to venture into serving our nation. My son is an army fan. But just like you, we have to support their dreams and be brave for them. I wish your son all the best in whatever road he hopes to make.My thoughts and prayers for his safety and great health. Beautiful pictures.

    • Thanks Island Traveler! This is a road he’s wanted to travel for a long time. All we parents can do is wait for them with hugs and kisses. While he’s in college, this training is the “honeymoon period.” Enjoy your sweet boy. I always remind mine of how delightful (and mischievous) he was when he was little.

  4. What teds doing is definitely a game changer. He’s a proud tough strong willed cadet. And he is making you proud. And I know you are thinking thinking thinking about him every day. It doesn’t go unrecognized my friend. We will think about him along with you because he is set to achieve great things. Xo

  5. Oh Nay, this is scary but Teddy is so honorable 🙂 Happy Memorial Day to you and your family ❤ Love, Sue

    Sent from my iPad

    • Shari, I love what you said in your comment. This is something he’s wanted to do since he was 10 (since 9/11) and since nothing will stop him, I can only support him and be proud of his commitment.

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