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Happy Memorial Day: The Soldiers In My Life I’m Grateful For

27 May

Today, I am taking a break from blogging about writing and publishing to celebrate Memorial Day–a very important holiday. I hope everyone takes (at minimum) a moment to thank someone they know in the United States Armed Forces. I’d love for everyone to share their stories here. I’m sharing two!

I want to first thank my grandfather, Michael Smith. 

My grandfather, Michael Smith, ran a tank brigade in Korea. He passed away in 2000, but I was able to live with him for a while, and he was a very informative and loving grandfather. This photo is my grandfather, Michael Smith, with my grandmother, Evelyn Smith–my late mother’s parents. (Both have passed since this photo.)

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Now one of my best friends: Raul Diaz.

One of my best friends, Raul Diaz, is a marine finishing his four-year-track this June. I’m very proud of him, and he’s not only a great marine; he’s a great person.  And I’m proud to call him my friend.


Happy Memorial Day! 

Who are you thankful for on this Memorial Day? Share your story below.


P.S. The contest to win one of the free signed paperbacks of Minutes Before Sunset goes until May 29th, so join by commenting below (clarify you’d like to be a part of the contest.) I’m looking forward to sending them out 😀

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