Throwback Thursday - A Marine Mother's Perspective on Veteran's Day

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

I went back through my blogs to see what I wrote for Veterans Day, and I had to go back to 2017 to find one.   I am a little surprised and embarrassed by this.  I thought I had a blog post for every year. There are a lot of veterans in our family, as noted in "Baby Boomers" below.  After reading this, I didn't think I could add much more to the post.  But it was worth reviving.

 

A Marine Mother's Perspective

My children were born during peacetime in the 1970s, and I never thought one of them would say that he wanted to join the military. But one did!

I Thought It Was A Phase

My son Ryan spent a year out of high school studying every aspect of the service and decided to join the Marines. 

A Young Boy Leaves... And Returns A Marine

I was unprepared for my son to leave for a 13-week boot camp that did not allow us any contact with him. Other than him going overseas, this was the most excruciating time a parent must endure. 

The Middle East Before 9/11/2001

Ryan became part of the elite Marine Security Guard and went overseas to protect the Bahrain School in the Middle East.  At the time, Bahrain was considered the third highest worldwide threat to our troops... Iran was visible across the Persian Gulf. 

Attack of the USS Cole

While Ryan was in Bahrain, the USS Cole was bombed, and he volunteered to guard it. He was on duty and was turned down. Marines were pulled from Bahrain because it was the closest point to the terrorist attack in Aden, Yemen.

You Lose A Piece Of Your Heart

When your children go overseas to protect our nation's interests, a piece of your heart goes with them. Every night and every morning, you pray for their safe return. As a mother, you are helpless to protect them. You put their safety in your country's hands. There was no Skype or FaceTime to communicate with him. After securing leave at Thanksgiving in 2000, his Papa passed away on the day he was to return to active duty. It took some doing, but he could get emergency leave to attend the funeral. We were so happy and full of gratitude that he could be here for this sad occasion. Ryan had an extraordinary military bond with his Papa.

Ryan Marching

Enduring Gratitude...

So, I deeply understand what it is like to be a military mother.  I know what these families feel when their loved ones serve our country at significant risk.  My gratitude for our military is unending. Thank you for being the Heroes you are.  I also know the trauma some of our loved ones face when they leave the Service and return to civilian life...

 

A Tribute To Honor Our Veterans and Military

 

Thank you Veterans

 

We Are All Connected!

I think everyone in our country is connected to our military and veterans in one way or another. Many of us have relatives who serve or have served. These veterans may have fought in wars as well as served in peacetime. But they all served our country knowing they could give the ultimate sacrifice protecting us...and many have.

Baby Boomers and the Greatest Generation

As "Baby Boomers," our fathers and mothers returned from WWII and the Korean War and settled down to have families. About 3.5 to 4 million babies were born annually from 1946 to 1964 before the "boom" tapered off. This was 20% more babies born than in 1945!  It stands to reason that many of our parents had served in the military! Rick's father, my father, our eight uncles, and others of my age had family who served in WWII and the Korean War. One of my uncles was a Japanese POW. Rick's father was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in battle, recapturing an American machine gun nest that had fallen into German hands.

Vietnam

Most older "Boomers" either served in Vietnam or knew people who did. Many of us have heard the horror stories of what happened in Nam and saw how the veterans were treated upon their return to the States.  I went to college with many of these Heroes, and you could see the pain on their faces when the subject came up. 

Have a tissue ready as you watch the video below...

Remember Me

By Lizzy Palmer

Remember Me from Rick & Sheri Sperry on Vimeo.

Flag in Grass courtesy of Aaron Burden

For More Info on Veteran and Military Commemoration from Rick's World Sedona...

Historic Raising of the Flag

God Bless Our Veterans...

 

Comments (26)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What a touching post and story, yes Veterans can look back and even when things appear peaceful you never know, Endre

Nov 09, 2023 10:20 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Sheri, I can't fathom the anxiety that must accompany having a loved one in the military overseas; the sacrifices extend beyond those in service. Every moment must be filled with concern!

Nov 10, 2023 04:15 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

This is a moving post. We all thank your son for serving our country and for being willing to be placed in harm's way. The price of freedom can be costly 

Nov 10, 2023 04:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Sheri... today is actually the Marine Corp's birthday! I loved this post and videos and as an early baby boomer born in the 1940's I could relate to all the wars you covered. Military families also "serve" when their loved ones go off to war. Veteran's Day is your day, as well. Thank you for Rick's service and your service. God Bless America.

Nov 10, 2023 05:47 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A post that speaks to a son's dedication to country and a parents love.

There was a time when there were stars in a window showing that the family had sons, or daughters serving their country. Today that might get a broken window,

Nov 10, 2023 07:07 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

What a perfect post to honor your son and all Veterans. Rick's website is amazing, including the Military section. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 10, 2023 07:51 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Congratulations. Your post is Featured in the BananaTude Group.

Nov 10, 2023 07:53 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Thank you so much for the feature!  I do appreciate it especially on Veteran's Day observed. 

Nov 10, 2023 09:53 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Hannah Williams - Those 13 weeks of Boot Camp were initially tough to deal with.  There is no contact. Ryan got to write one letter home.  His Drill Sergeant monitors all the letters home.  They make sure not to alarm the parents.  

Nov 10, 2023 09:10 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Kathy Streib - Please thank Larry for his service.  I am glad you did not have to go through all the worrying.  It is never out of your head. 

Nov 10, 2023 09:12 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX,

The experience helps me to understand what other families are going through. I have not seen Band of Brothers, but my husband's dad was in a later wave that went through Omaha Beach, France, and into Germany.  He was on the outer front of the Battle of the Bulge.  Rick's dad gave my son his scrapbooks from the war.  

Nov 10, 2023 09:21 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - You were a thoughtful and loving son.  Getting those calls means so much.  I am sure it eased her worry, even if it was only short-lived.  Thank you for your service. 

Nov 10, 2023 09:23 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Myrl Jeffcoat. Thank your son for his service. I am sure you experienced many, if not all, of the same emotions as I did.  

Nov 10, 2023 09:26 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Endre Barath, Jr. - Thank you so much for your service.  You were highly trained and skilled at what you did.  I went to college with a Green Beret from Vietnam.  I asked why he went through all that training. He was drafted and said that if he went to Vietnam, he wanted to have the most skill to help keep him alive.  That made sense to me. 

Nov 10, 2023 09:31 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - I have stated that you don't stop thinking about it.  I passed by his empty room several times a day.  All meals were with one less table setting.  These are just two things why moms feel it just a little more.  

Nov 10, 2023 09:34 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Doug Dawes - Thank you for your service to our country.  You deserve our utmost gratitude. 

Nov 10, 2023 09:37 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Nina Hollander, Broker - I have sent texts to my son wishing the Marine Corps a "Happy Birthday."   Thank you for reminding me!   As for our history of wars, the Vietnam War holds memories I would rather not have.  I never understood why our troops were treated so poorly when they came home.  Many told us horrifying stories of jungle warfare. 

Nov 10, 2023 09:44 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® hi Sheri... I'm of the Vietnam War generation and was living in Washington DC just a couple of blocks from the White House during some of the biggest anti-war demonstrations. To this day, I remember the smell of tear gas that enveloped Foggy Bottom streets. Viet Nam was probably not a war we should have been in... but how we treated our returning veterans is totally shameful.

Nov 10, 2023 11:22 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 - Thank you for your service.  Sadly, you speak truth to power.   I will never stop being a proud mom and supporter of our veterans, military, and first responders.  

Nov 10, 2023 09:51 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Carol Williams - Thank you for checking Rick's website.  I appreciate your sentiments as well.  Thank you...

Nov 10, 2023 09:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Sheri, for sharing this story. 

It is a good post for Veterans Day and I will reblog it.

Nov 10, 2023 10:33 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Roy re-blogged your post and here I am to say that being a mother of a military person is very difficult, along with being the wife of someone who may be gone for long periods of time. Please thank your family members for their military service, Sherie, it is very much appreciated by those who think they are today's true heroes!

Nov 10, 2023 02:36 PM