There were a lot of military members, both active and retired, in the ward. Having grown up in San Diego, I was used to having Navy & Marine servicemen and women around the city. Many of my friends' Dads were in the Navy.
I remember when the war first broke out in 2003. The following Sunday there were so many men gone from the N. Hanover Ward. It was a very surreal realty of the war and how close to home it had hit. It must have been a 15:1 ratio of women to men for the first few weeks after deployment. Luckily our Bishop, who was also in the military, wasn't called away to war. Knowing and loving these ward members made me have a greater appreciation for military members and their families. I remember earnest prayers on behalf of the military and the sacrifices of their families. I had and still have a great appreciation for the military and their families.
A few years back, I became good friends with two YSA military members.
I am so truly grateful for all those who sacrifice on my behalf so that I can enjoy the freedoms of this great country. God bless America and all those brave souls who uphold Freedom and Liberty!