It's been 100 years since the end of World War I, or, as it was known at the time, the 'war to end all wars'. Though the ripples of that war are still felt today, most of us don't remember that war either through our own experience or through stories our family members told us. All I have as a direct tie to WWI is a picture of my Great Grandfather looking dapper in his Canadian uniform.
Since then, there have been other wars of course - World War II being the most obvious. Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus a myriad of other engagements depending on which country you call home. Our personal connections to those wars are more salient, more alive because not as much time has passed. Everyone of us knows someone or is only two degrees separated from a military person who gave their life in service for their country.
Everyone of us knows someone or is only a few degrees separated from civilians who lost their lives.
No matter how I personally feel about war (and my views have shifted back and forth through the years), I've always been humbled by the people who choose to serve their country and to liberate others from tyranny. They put their own lives on hold, knowing they may not return to the safety of their family and loved ones. And for that I am grateful.
One little way I can show my appreciation is by highlighting authors who have served or authors who have a loved one who's paid the ultimate sacrifice and not returned home. I only know three and their names are below. PLEASE ADD NAMES in the comments and I'll update this blog post with their info!
And a special shout-out to my cousins, John and Angela, who both served in Afghanistan. Love you both!
~ Carissa, LovRRs