Monday, November 11
Today is Veterans' Day. For you, it may simply be a day when the post office and banks are closed. For me, it's personal.
This is my Uncle Richard, my hero. Have you ever wondered where my name, "Richella," comes from? The answer is that it comes from this man. My name is a feminine form of Richard, and I couldn't be more proud to carry someone's name than I am to carry his, my mother's younger brother.
I was five and a half years old when my Uncle Richard was shipped out in February 1969. Less than a month later, he was grievously wounded in combat. He nearly died. My childhood memories are seared with images of this brave man as he worked his way back to life. His journey back wasn't easy (and it still isn't). He's one of the best and bravest men I've ever known.
How about you? Do you have a personal hero? If so, I hope you'll thank him or her today. And I hope you'll join me in saluting the men and women who have valiantly served in our country's armed forces.
As a step in that direction, I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch this video. It'll do you good, I promise.