When I was a teen-ager one of my favorite things was getting up early and going out with my dad. Sometimes we hit the junkyards looking for parts for my old truck. Sometimes we went to jr. varsity football games. Sometimes, we just kicked around Wichita Falls. One Veteran's Day, Dad took me to all the war memorials around town. It was a great lesson on what Veteran's Day was all about. But the best lessons on Veteran's Day came from my Uncle Bobby (Dad's baby brother). If you have followed my blog in the past, you know my Veteran's Day stories. You probably already know how much I love my Uncle Bobby, Retired Lt. Col. Robert L Barker, and his family. You know he did three tours in Vietnam. You know that one of those tours included the Ia Drang Valley. You know that his youngest daughter was born while he fought in that battle. You know that Jesse and I spent two Veteran's Days in Washington DC at the Ia Drang Veteran's reunions. You know that those were life-changing experiences. Although you could do a search through my past blogs and see lots of pictures and read lots of stories about those DC trips, I will just link one for you.
Thank you, all who served and are serving.