In memory of those who gave their lives in service to their country, and in honor of those who served…
Today I remember Army 1st Lt. Terry L. Plunk. “Killed on February 25, 1991, while clearing mines at As-Salam Airfield, Kuwait. Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. Lt. Plunk was the equivalent of the valedictorian at his graduation and the top CE graduate for 1988 at VMI.” [courtesy of jenerette.com] Terry graduated two years ahead of me in high school, and a nicer guy there never was. Valedictorian, wrestler, yearbook staff, class president, Prom King, all that – and still he managed to notice the quiet kids, the ones outside the popular circle, and give them a smile and a kind word. Before heading off to duty, Terry told his worried mother, “I know it’s dangerous. But Mom, if I die over there, I’ll be in Jesus’ arms before my body hits the ground.” Thanks for your service, Terry, and for the smiles. I’ll see you again.
I honor my dad, who served as supplymaster aboard a destroyer tender in the Navy in the early 1960s. He ws stationed at Portsmouth, VA, and his ship never went any farther than Florida; at the time, the Atlantic Fleet was not deployed.
I honor my brother-in-law Bob, who served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and who has recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
My deep thanks to the veterans, and those currently serving in our armed forces.
Sixteen years ago on this day, I held Bookworm for the first time. I’ve always been very proud of her, but never more so than now. She is a fine young lady, and I thank God for her every day. Sweetheart, my butterfly girl, I love you. Happy birthday!