Our Freedom Didn’t Come Free

As I put on my uniform this evening, I am thankful for all of those men and women who served this great country. Many of those have given their lives for this country, and many continue to lose their lives on a daily basis. It is great to scroll through social media and read all the statuses about our military personnel. There are many thanks going out to all of them today, and we should remember them more often.

My grandfather, Robert G. Veselik, was a Sergeant in the US Army Air Force. He served from 1941 til 1946 while working in data processing of coded weather data for the D-Day invasion. He also worked at the Pentagon after the war. I had the pleasure of knowing him for the first 23 years of my life. While we didn’t talk much about his service, he was a stern man. There isn’t a day that goes by when I wish we could have sat and discussed the old days more. I remember him telling me about meeting my grandmother and how simple life seemed back then. On a day like today, he has stayed on my mind.


I have many friends that are veterans, may co-workers that are veterans, and have some family members that are veterans. Let us all remember them today and be thankful for the time we are able to spend with them.

Happy Memorial Day!