Day 47 – Memorial Day Take 3

6 HUGS, 2 children 4 adults (1 husband, 2 childcare providers at church, 1 neighborhood friend)

I am fortunate to have an amazing group of neighbors around me.  You will often find at least one neighborhood friend hug in my list.  Today was special.  I was driving by my neighbor with no intention on getting out of the car until I heard the news.  After 19 months of concern and hard work, her baby boy finally walked today (mind you, 2 days after receiving leg braces, it figures).  The news was too exciting to remain in my car.  If that wasn’t reason to celebrate with a hug, then I don’t know what is!

So, today is Day 3 of my Memorial Day reflection.  Today, I would like to honor the most recent heroes that have fallen fighting for our country.  These are names that I read in today’s edition of The News and Observer.  My deepest gratitude and hugs to the following men and their families:

Sgt. 1st Class Clifford E. Beattie of Medical Lake, WA

Pfc. Ramon Mora Jr. of Ontario, CA

Staff Sgt. Kristofferson B. Lorenzo of Chula Vista, CA

Pfc. William S. Blevins of Sardinia, OH

Pvt. Andrew M. Krippner of Garland, TX

Pvt. Thomas C. Allers of Plainwell, MI

Chief Warrant Officer Christopher R. Thibodeau of Chesterland, OH

Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski of Ottumwa, IA

Tech. Sgt. Kristoffer M. Solesbee of Citrus Heights, CA

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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