Today is Veteran’s Day. As I write, there are two Emmetts on active duty. My nephew (1SG) is stationed in Alaska and my youngest son (2LT) is in training in Georgia. My wife served three years on active duty. Our daughter did her duty in the Air Force Reserve and our other son did his time in the Army Reserve. My brother did seven(?) years in the Army. I did 21+ years on active duty, also in the Army. There is an Emmett on the east coast that we have lost track of that served in the Air Force. I suspect his dad also did his duty though not sure when or where.
Looking back further, my dad was Navy in WWII and Marines in Korea. Karen’s dad likewise served in the Army in WWII and Korea(?). My grandfather and a great uncle served in the Army in World War I. There are some cousins that served though that is still being researched. One of them we know served in North Africa in WWII. I know there were two Emmetts that served in Infantry Regiments in the Union Army during the Civil War.
So, why am I telling you all this? I am prouder than words can convey of the history the Emmett clan has with the military. Today a lot of people will tell a lot of vets “thanks for serving.” Maybe it is we vets who should be thanking you.
I tell anybody who will listen that there are three reasons why I am alive today. 1) Salvation given to me by My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ 2) The “tender mercies” of the Unites States Army and 3) The love of my dear wife.
I am grateful to the Army and its influence on my life. So, in keeping with the day and on behalf of the entire Emmett clan,
Thank you, America, for letting us serve.