Today is not about writing for me. While I am always thinking about my books and the course of my next storyline, I would like to take today to reflect upon some of the people that have meant the world to me. It is a time of remembrance after all.
The first person that comes to mind is, of course, my boyfriend. Marine veteran SSG Steven F. Boyd is the man I share my life with. He is caring, compassionate and takes the time to give back to his community. Ever since he got his motorcycle last year he has been a part of a group called the Patriot Guard Riders who escort and lay to rest veterans with no families to claim them. He is also taking part in the annual Run For The Wall ride across the country. He is riding in honor of those that can't and I am proud to stand by him.
The second person I want to shine a light on was my grandfather John Fournier. My father's father, he served in the United States Army and was awarded the Purple Heart. I was very close with him when I was young and was only in middle school when he passed away. Cancer stole him but he has never left my heart. I was never privy to much of his military service but like Steve, He maintained his military style right up until his dying day, hair cut and all. I miss him deeply. When he passed the Purple heart went to my dad then on to my brother when he left us ten years ago. My brother, knowing how much it meant, has given the Purple Heart back to me.
The last person I want to mention is my friend Dan Conlon. Last year I posted a thank you to those that served our country both living and dead. He immediately chimed in to educate me and all others on the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. I know the difference but I wanted to say thank you to both groups and simply explained that. Dan, a Navy veteran, was also a table games dealer at the casino I work at for my day job. He struggled everyday both physically and emotionally. Eventually the battle was too much and sadly a few months ago my fellow dealer and my friend took his life.
We take a moment today to remember those we lost on the battlefields but there are battles happening right here as well. I am grateful I got to know him, that I was close with my grandpa, and that I have Steve in my life. These are just a few of the incredible people from the armed services I want to honor and thank today. Two are gone and one stands by me, all have been important in my life. I love you all. Thank you for your service!