The definition according to www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary: 1 a: to extend (a military unit) especially in width b: to place in battle formation or appropriate positions.
The definition according to Mom: 1: GULP!
As I mentioned recently, John is pulling it together for deployment. He wants to go soon, hoping another Airman with a family can remain stateside. I'm proud of him. Making the decision to enlist in any military branch these days, in most cases results in deployment. Fact of life, period the end.
When my oldest son enlisted in 1999, our country enjoyed peace. Thinking back...Oh, how much we took peace for granted. B was deployed numerous times, it all feels so fuzzy now... Constant praying was my tool to get through those days.
Our world is so different in 2008. Countless resources are only a click away. Organizations to support our troops are everywhere. Families have endless numbers of ways to reach out to their loved ones and each other. If you scroll down, on the right hand side of my blog, is a list of links to visit. Please let me know of your favorite Military Support Site, I would like to add it to my list.
One of the blogs I follow somesoldiersmom is a wealth of information. This weekend's post is by far one of the most useful I have read! I urge everyone to read it, whether you have a member of your family in the service or not. It is an enlightening read, truly worth the time.
So as my son, and countless other Airman, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines prepare themselves for deployment...families everywhere need to prepare themselves to see their loved ones off.
Our prayers must be in abundance.
Our faith in the United States needs to be true.
Our gratitude for the sacrifices of these brave men and women must remain constant.
Almighty God bless us all.
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -- Elmer Davis