Thank Our Veterans


Veterans Day - Boston Moms Blog

I grew up knowing that both my grandfathers were veterans who fought in WWII. Even as a kid, and then as a teenager, I was proud of my grandfathers for what they did to serve our country. I liked seeing their old photos. I enjoyed hearing that they wrote love letters to my grandmothers back in the States. And I vividly remember taking in my grandfather’s military tattoo while sitting on his lap.

However, I am sad to say I never actually thanked my grandfathers for their service before they passed away. I really have no excuse, other than I was an incredibly shy child, and, honestly, I don’t think I ever heard anyone else thank them.  

Now, as an adult and a parent, I always thank veterans when I see them. Not just on Veterans Day, but every day. We all notice those VFW hats or an active duty soldier in uniform. We can all take five seconds out of our day to simply say, “Thank you for serving our country.” If I have the time (and if the kids are behaving), I ask a few simple questions about their time in our military. I’ll ask what branch of the military they served in or what their duty was. I may ask where they were stationed throughout their career. Seriously, these men and women put their lives in danger and spend precious time away from their own families. The least I can do is look them in the eye, shake their hand, and give them the most sincere thank you.  

My hope is that my children see me model this and it becomes something they copy and do themselves. My kids are 8, 5, and 2, so too young to really understand what it means that their “Pop” served in Vietnam. However, I do expect them to thank my father-in-law. Someday they will know and understand the sacrifices he made. And they can be just as proud of him as I am, and just as proud of him as I was of my grandfathers.

So please, today and every day, thank our veterans and active-duty military members. I know they appreciate it, and I know they do not get thanked or acknowledged enough.

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Leah Lynch
Leah is a Massachusetts native who grew up in the MetroWest area. She met her husband in 2006 and they bonded over all things Boston. After moving to North Carolina for 4 years, they realized they had to move back to New England. (love that dirty water!) In 2011 they welcomed a son into their family. Then 2014, 1 week before having their daughter, their son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The last but not least little guy came in 2017. With three kids and special needs in their life, they rely on an amazing support system of friends and family. Leah is a stay at home mom, who is also growing a small business, and enjoying the independence and freedom it has given her. Loves: Great food (mostly made by her talented husband), playing with the kids, the beach, date nights, The Pats, The Sox, The B’s, new socks and bras, and American history, and movies. Can’t stand: Cotton balls, weeds, broken crayons, pollen, and vacuuming up Cheerios every half hour.