I didn't take any pictures this year, but I did take a short video with my cell phone while the band was playing the US Air Force song, "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder". I chose that particular song because my husband, Chad, is an Air Force veteran, but the band played the songs of all the branches of service. It's tradition to have the veterans present stand to be recognized as their service branch's song is played, and there were many scattered throughout the audience.
Turns out the sound from cell phone videos is pretty horrid. In reality, the band sounded wonderful. Don't feel bad about not listening if you don't want to; the video will serve as a memory for me, which is what I intended.
After the concert, the colors were retired. We ended the evening by visiting with a family we know that has three sons currently on active duty in the military. Two are in the Navy, one is in the Army, and he's about to deploy to the Middle East. Their youngest son, a high school senior, is interested in the Air Force. So, he and Chad talked for quite awhile about that. If he does enter the Air Force, that will be four out of five sons in this family to be serving our country, all at the same time, representing three branches of service. That is both touching and amazing.
God bless all of our troops, both past and present. I am so thankful for their service, and their sacrifices!