Happy Veteran’s Day!
On October 14, 1976, I was sworn into Army Service at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I was 17 years old and signed up through the Delayed Entry Program which meant I wouldn’t be able to attend basic training until after my 18th birthday on January 21, 1977. It was one of the proudest moments of my life!
Finally, I would serve something much bigger than Beatrice!
As I look back through all those years to when I was given the privilege and opportunity to serve as a US Army Soldier, I am still proud. I now realize that those were some of the best times of my life. When I look back at my military service, I experience many emotions, some of which are joy, peace, and hope.
1. Joy – for the honor of being one of the few that wore that uniform. To be able to travel to different countries, representing my country, the United States of America and all we stood for.
2. Peace – because of the service of myself and other service members. We were charged with keeping our land and other lands at peace, even if it meant giving the ultimate sacrifice.
3. Hope – for the new horizons in front of me because I had a hand in keeping our nation free to experience all we are experiencing right now.
One of my greatest assignments besides serving as a Drill Sergeant was while serving with the United States Europe and 33rd Army Band and Chorus. We brought so much joy to audiences all over Europe while still serving as part of the peace-keeping forces in Europe. While serving as a Singing Soldier, we sang songs like the following but I don’t remember our having this much fun!
As you celebrate this Veteran’s Day, celebrate those who made it and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. If I had it to do all over again, I would. I love these United States and appreciate the freedoms we are afforded.
Stand up for the American fighting man and woman. Be proud of what they represent! Support them with all your heart and pass these sentiments forward!
I salute those who served and are still serving! Will you salute them with me?
In closing, please allow this song to remind you of what I constantly think about every time I see Old Glory waving in the breeze of freedom:
Hug or Salute a Veteran today!
God Is Faithful!
Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life[Stay tuned: Freedom to Move Forward Bootcamp with The Drill Sergeant of Life coming February 6 – 7 2015. Click on this link to learn more… http://ezregister.com/events/11708/