Veterans Day 2011

The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive how the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” General and President George Washington, 1789.
Sean was the Master of Ceremonies at this year’s Veterans Day Program in Aberdeen.  He did a fantastic job and I am so proud of him for putting aside his fears and speaking in front of a gymnasium full of people.

Colonel Herman, Sean Johnson, Colonel Holzhauser
 My Favorite Veteran
At the airport the morning Sean left for Iraq August 2005
Receiving Meritorious Service Medal from Captain Vetter
SSG Sean Johnson
Welcome Home May 2007
Veterans in Our Family
Melissa’s Family:
Grandfather Harold Anderson US Army WWII
Uncle Brian Anderson US Air Force
Cousin Jason Anderson USMC Iraq
Grandpa Duane Shoemaker’s cousin George Shoemaker WWII
Step-Grandfather Paul Cameron US Army WWII
Step-Father James Cameron S.D. National Guard
Uncle Truman Henry USMC
Cousin Jason Engel S.D. National Guard Panama
David Small US Navy
Cousin Michael Small USMC Iraq
Sean’s Family:
Grandfather Herbert Ring US Army WWII
Father David Johnson US Air Force
Sean Johnson US Army Reserves Persian Gulf, Hungary, Iraq
Brother Jason Johnson US Army Reserves Iraq
My Grandpa Harold was Eisenhower’s flight
mechanic and traveled with him during WWII

I hope I didn’t miss anyone.  If I did, please send me a message or leave a note in the comments.

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