Definition of VETERAN
a : an old soldier of long service
b : a former member of the armed forces
: a person of long experience usually in some occupation or skill (as politics or the arts)
— veteran adjective
A post I wrote on Memorial Day, in 2009:
Not just today, Memorial Day, but every day. Every day I think about both of my grandfathers, wishing I could be close enough to their grave sites to touch the cool stone bearing their name and service information, close enough to watch the lil' dude as she squats to feel the flowers left behind.
For my Grandpa D., you spoiled me, your only granddaughter, each day you were alive. I can still hear your laugh in my head.
For my Grandpa R., you had the biggest heart of anyone I've known. I hope you know how proud I am of the fight you put up.
So not just today. Every day. Thank you both for the honor you did our families and the commitment you served. I am blessed to be your granddaughter.