11.11.2013

{Happy Veteran's Day}

Veteran's Day has always been a very special day for me.  For some people, the day may come and go without much thought, but for me, I think about my Dad from the time I wake up and every second of the day thereafter.  On this very special day, my childhood always flashes before my eyes, and it is so nice to relive my most amazing memories as the daughter of a United States Army Officer.

Some people may not know that there is so much more to me than what they see of the girl that grew up in Greenville, SC.  The prior part of my life, which is one of the greatest parts of my life, were the many years I spent living on military bases as the proud daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Peter A. Leventis.  I feel such great pride just typing his name preceded by a title that is so well-deserved.  When I look at my dad today, I can still see him in his Army uniforms, and I feel so blessed to be his daughter.




When I look at my Dad, I see the man who...

Always, always, always puts the well-being of myself, my mom, and my sister before that of his own…

Gave me a childhood filled with wonderful memories spent in so many cities across the nation...

Fought so bravely in the Vietnam War, leaving no man behind…

Saved a young boy's life by risking his own in rough ocean waters…

Taught my sister and me what it means to be an American…

Sacrificed so much so my sister and I could have the most special childhood…

Visited my schools every year to speak on Veteran's Day {I was so proud :)}…

Has given me the best life anyone could ever ask for…

Took our family across country, where we visited spectacular landmarks some people may never have the pleasure of seeing…

Showed me by example what a great husband should be by being the most amazing husband to my wonderful Mom for over 40 years…

Beams with pride when saluting fellow soldiers, standing at attention in front of our great flag, and holding his hand over his heart to sing the National Anthem…

Proudly served our great nation for 21 years…

This list is endless…I can't even begin to name all the wonderful things about my Dad, but this is just a start.

So today, with such great honor, I thank my Dad for his service and sacrifices made to defend and protect our country and our freedom.  He is the most amazing man I know and will ever know, and I am truly honored to call him my Daddy…My hero.  I will forever be thankful God chose me as your daughter.

xoxo,
Katherine

** On this Veteran's Day, fly your American flags high, bow your head, or have a moment of silence to remember and honor the very brave men and women who have served and are currently serving our country.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and God bless you all.
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1 comment:

  1. This is a beautiful tribute. I recall your dad being such a nice man. God bless him for his service!

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