Thanks for your family's service to our country unlike others:
And thank you! But I'm always embarrassed when I hear that, at least in regard to myself. I was having fun! I'm the only one in the family who ever made a career of it (prolly cause I wasn't good for anything else), and as an Officer I could have "quit" at any time. I just loved doing it, nobody forced me.
But my family... well, that's something different. You read my Father's story. And his 3 brothers also wore military uniforms during WWII, his youngest brother nearly dying in the Pacific island campaign. His ruined health did eventually kill him prematurely. I'm named after my Uncle, my Mother's brother. Killed in France during WWII shortly after the Normandy invasion.
And yet, oddly enough, I never saw the military as my future. Nor did my parents, who never told me my family military history, never pressured me, actually horrified when I enlisted without their knowledge. It wasn't until years after I retired I looked into my family lineage, and discovered a strange thing.
Every single generation of my family in this country, for over 360 years, has worn a uniform. Colonial militia in the beginning, then during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the World Wars, all the wars. My oldest son has served in Afghanistan.
I guess it must be in the genes. I don't mean to brag about it, it's just what it is. I see it more as community service, especially in the early days, aiding your neighbors in time of need. Today it's more a big business, and as I said, I'm the only one who ever got into that "business" as a career. Frankly, there are times I wish my family business had been more about making lots of money, and I had gotten THOSE genes. LOL!