It’s July 4th, the day that we think about all the reasons we are thankful to be an American. The day that we remember those and thank those that have fought so bravely to make America free.
As I reflect on the reason behind July 4th, I am so thankful for all of the brave men and women who have fought and fight every day for our freedom. Today I want to highlight one man that is currently overseas in the middle east, taking care of our brave soldiers.
Over the years I have had the privilege to photograph Troyer. He started his military career later in life and worked really hard to make it in before the cut off age.
He has worked very hard to advance in the military and at the same time to become a pastor, taking two years on reserves to pastor a church and then to go back in full time service as a Chaplain. Right after he went back full time, he was deployed. Which leads me to the ‘un-sung heroes’ back here at home. His wife and family.
Maternity pictures while Daddy was in the middle east. It was the first time that I added someone into a photo and made them ‘see through’ to show that they were not really there.
He was deployed to the middle east for 9 months and through God-ordained circumstances was able to make it back 27 hours before his namesake was born. These next photos were taken by a Rachael Nyugen “Welcome Home Newborns” who was stationed where she was at at that time.
The deployed military bravely serves our country while their families are back home supporting and missing them. Troyer’s wife is an amazing Army wife. I’ve seen her serve the troops with care and devotion. Baking countless whoopie pies (PA Dutch tradition) for those here and overseas and volunteering in every way possible.
Troyer’s wife had the option to stay with her loving family as Troyer was going to be deployed. But she said she needed to go and be alongside the other families who’s family members would be deployed at the same time. To be able to support and help them through those trying times. So they moved their family halfway across the US and he was deployed weeks later. These are the ‘un-sung heroes.’
As I write this blog, she is doing what she is so very good at – being with the military families and serving together. Today they won second place for their float in the July 4th parade! This is Mr. Namesake, thankful to be an American. Saluting the flag and wearing the Navy suit that his great-grandfather had sent back for his brother when he was serving overseas.
“THANK YOU” to those that are serving the USA. Whether in the military or public service or as families and friends supporting those that are serving. It is because of you, that we remain free. The sacrifices you make daily, are not un-noticed. You are brave, you are strong, you are appreciated!
So what are you doing to celebrate this Fourth of July? We are going to celebrate at a family picnic. My family begs me to bring my ‘world famous’ potato salad. 🙂 I thought I’d share a link because it is truly my favorite potato salad and so easy to make.
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