Proud to be an American

Happy Veteran's Day! I am one of the new girls on the RHOK block so I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. I am mother to four beautiful children, two boys and two girls. I have been married for 10 years to my "Bubba Hubba". He likes all things dirt. I like all things shiny. We could not be anymore opposite. I guess that is what makes our life work. Hard work. There is never a dull moment around our home.  I'm a  Native Okie Momma, born and raised. I left our fine state after college and returned six years ago to raise my babies. I've lived in two other states and nothing compares to N.E. Oklahoma for raising a family. I am involved with iMOMs of  NE Oklahoma, women's ministry and community outreach. My girlfriend and I are writing a book - a scintillating tell all on stay-at-home-moms and their craziness. Don't worry, we are changing names to protect the innocent. When I'm not playing with my kids, volunteering or getting in trouble, I love to work with individuals and businesses on their marketing. Networking is in my DNA. I look forward to getting to know you better via The RHOK!

For this Veteran's Day, I would like to share a story with you told by Gina O'Leary...

On September 5th, 2008, I was a passenger on an evening Delta flight from Atlanta to Boston. It was a routine flight…..until we landed at Logan Airport. As we approached our gate, there were approximately twenty-five Massport vehicles (fire trucks, police, security) with their lights flashing and the drivers were standing outside of their vehicles saluting our plane. There was a group of Marines, also saluting, and holding the American flag at full staff. I also noticed a family on the tarmac, holding each other and hugging.

The captain then announced that he had a request that all passengers remain seated until he escorted a Marine on board who was bringing “home” a fallen comrade.

You could have heard a pin drop.

A very young Marine, holding a folded American flag, was led to the door and then around the outside of the plane by our Delta captain. As they disembarked, the entire plane applauded; there were tears in most passengers’ eyes.

A year ago, I had read of something similar to this in an email circulating but had never experienced it. The cargo door was then opened and this Marine went up the ramp to drape the coffin in our American flag. During this entire 15 minute process, not one person spoke on our plane and the salutes outside our plane remained frozen in place.

It was such a private moment; yet, such a public moment. It was powerful.

A verse from the song “God Bless The USA” resonated in my head …
And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free; 
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me…”

I have never been more proud to be an American.

The absolute respect and reverence shown to this Marine who lost his life while serving our country is something that will stay with me forever.

Thank you to every man and woman, mom and dad, sister and brother, friend and lover (and their families) who has served our country so that someone like me can sit here in total freedom in the USA.

Click here for : Veteran's Day Craft Projects for your kiddos
Click here for : Tri-County Blue Star Mothers donations or find a Blue Star Mothers' Group in your area to donate today.

God Bless America and God Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform…Past, Present and Future.

~Mrs. Montgomery

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