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Memorial Day at DFW National Cemetery

 

Memorial-Day, U.S.-Military, Heros, USA This past Memorial Day, I made one of the smartest choices I could possibly make on such a day. I visited the Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery.

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Each year, many American’s spend Memorial Day celebrating the day off of work, with loved ones, grilling, jumping in the pool or lake or even taking a trip. Many forget the importance of this day. The day that is pays specific tribute to those who have fallen, those who have fought and are no longer with us. This day is in memory of those who dedicated their lives or even a part of their lives protecting not just their loved ones but complete strangers. Helping to grant them, freedom.

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Visiting the cemetery on Monday was astounding. It’s sad but it’s also something to be proud of. Each of the headstones and plaques represented someone. Someone who has dedicated a part of their life to all of us. They have seen and experienced things that most of us probably wouldn’t want to, they have witnessed history. Most importantly, they are our history. Each of these people has a story. They help to make up what this country is.

Next year, please dedicate a few minutes of your time to visit a local cemetery or memorial paying tribute to those who have enlisted. Thank them. They are someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter. You wouldn’t live the life you live without them.

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BlogHer ’13 – The People, The Parties

BlogHer brings about many opportunities to network. Get out there and meet other bloggers who you’ve become friends with online, bloggers who you are meeting for the first time at the event and, as always, the sponsors. Parties are a huge deal. Not only the parties hosted by event sponsors but the private, invite only parties.

I only knew one other blogger that was attending the event, and I was rooming with her. I walked away with so much more. I met her friends, I made new friends and most of all, I made some travel blogging friends!

271 Liz from Yes/No Films and I at the CheeseburgHer party in the Presidential Suite at the Sheraton Hotel.

Parties.

Cracker Barrel Cheese – Not only did we receive a demonstration on how to pair and present food, we also met Top Chef 2012’s Runner-up, Sarah Grueneberg and had a Food Network Challenge of our own! We each received a box and had to make it work. (I had Valentine’s Day) PicMonkey Collage Yappem – hosted a party at the Navy Pier. Talk about a place for an event! Two people won $12,000.00 each… just saying.

PicMonkey Collage1 Lazy Boy – We had our nails painted, make-up done and chair massages not to mention meet Kelly Edwards (host and co-host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime). Can’t complain about any of that!

241 South Fort Walton Beach – If I had to pick a favorite, this would be it. Why? It has to do with travel of course and that’s my favorite! This is also where I met my first travel blogger of the event and I tried out their local beer, shrimp and grits and had some live music from the most popular local, South Ft. Walton Beach band! Like I said, right up my alley!

PicMonkey Collage2 These are just a few of the events I was able to attend. Each were unique and a lot of fun!

American Sniper – Chris Kyle

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

Chris Kyle. Chris Kyle is known for being America’s deadliest sniper with the most confirmed kills in US military history. Some know him from serving as a US SEAL, others from reality television, some from Craft International and some from his book. Chris Kyle passed away earlier this year and I had the privileged of watching his funeral procession move from Midlothian to Austin, Texas. Unfortunately, it’s only taken me this long to read his book.

The title pretty much sums up the book. Chris Kyle served ten years in the US military, including four combat tours in Operation Iraqi freedom. It touches upon Chris Kyle’s upbringing, how he joined the SEALs, religion, family life, friendships and military life. His wife, Taya, has written inserts that address her point of view during certain situations and helps to provide an insight on what it’s like to be married to a SEAL.

Before I go any further, I’m just going to tell you that everyone should read this book. Everyone. It’s astonishing. It’s moving and inspirational. Most of all, it’s raw. It will grip your emotions and (hopefully) make you realize (even more than we all should already realize) how precious this life is. Furthermore, in hindsight, listening to what this man has been though, his losses, what he witnessed, what and who he fought for, made me hunker down. It also talks about when he left the military service to start Craft International.

At one point in the book, Chris Kyle was talking about one of his fellow SEALs who had died overseas. Chris Kyle happened to be in the States when his body was brought home and met him at the airport to carry his body from the plane to the awaiting hearse. He wrote the following passage:

“People nearby who realized what was going on stopped and stared silently, paying their respects. It was touching; they were honoring a fellow countryman even though they didn’t know him. I was moved at the sight, a last honor for our fallen comrade, a silent recognition of the importance of his sacrifice.” (Page 309)

As previously mentioned, earlier this year I attended his funeral procession. They say over 7,000 people lined the road from Midlothian to Austin to pay their respects. There are no words to describe the experience. As I read the passage, I could only remember my experience on the side of the highway that dreary, rain-filled morning. How many others have lost their lives or sacrificed a part of their lives for their country? Are we paying them enough respect everyday.

This book will make you laugh, smile, it may make you angry, heck, you may even shed a tear but it’s definitely one that I will say you should never pass up on the shelf.