Honoring our Louisiana Veterans

The medal they gave out.  Dad's has a purple ribbon to represent he had been award the Purple Heart

The medal they gave out. Dad’s has a purple ribbon to represent he had been award the Purple Heart

This morning Home Depot had a ceremony honoring our nation’s veterans.  My father is a Vietnam Veteran with a purple heart and was one of those honored.  Of the many veterans honored he was one of three that were Purple Heart veterans.

Daddy with his medal.

Daddy with his medal.

I am so proud of my daddy! I was glad to see him and the other veterans being recognized.

Daddy with the medal they gave him.

Daddy with the medal they gave him.

It was a nice and moving ceremony.  Home Depot invited some local government officials to give their thanks.  One man, a veteran himself, was both funny and poignant.  I unfortunately didn’t catch his name or get a picture of him.  In between the speeches and prayers they had singers singing beautiful songs including The Star Spangled Banner and Amazing Grace.  It was very uplifting and touching with a dash of humor.

When it came to calling the names out,  Congressman Dr. Bill Cassidy was suppose to be reading the names.  He was late so they had another man doing it.  He was rushing through them a bit too fast for my taste.  However once the Congressman showed up and took over it went more respectful and slower as it should.

Receiving his medal.

Receiving his medal.

They had cadets handing out the medals.  The cadets went to the veterans so that the veterans didn’t have to move about just the cadets did.    Most of them just handed them over without even really looking at the veterans.  Shy, awkward teenagers who hadn’t been told they needed to make eye contact and say thank you.  🙂  I only saw two who were actually saying thank you.  There was one who seemed to take this to heart.  Who each time did it with pride, a salute, and thank you.  He was my favorite to watch. I meant to get a picture for the blog and his name and missed the opportunity.

This cadet was my favorite.  He did a great job!

This cadet was my favorite. He did a great job!

The woman in charge proudly took the opportunity to recognize her own 92 year old father as a World War II veteran and give him his medal.  Now that was a heart melting moment.

Thank you Home Depot for honoring our Louisiana Veterans.

Thank you veteran’s who served our country and fought to keep the United States a country of freedom.

Daddy talking with a Korean War Vet who was also honored.

Daddy talking with a Korean War Vet who was also honored.

Thank you Daddy for being the brave and amazing soldier you were.  And thank you God for getting him home so he could be my daddy.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Missy

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