Oscar Blair at American Military Cemetery Normandy

Image and text by Gabrielle.

It’s Veteran’s Day! When we lived in France, we would mark this kind of occasion with a visit to the American Military Cemetery in Normandy. It was such an honor to visit that sacred place and learn the stories of the soldiers buried there. This year’s Veteran’s Day has me wondering if there is a military cemetery here in The Bay Area — I’m assuming there is, but I can’t think where it might be. Today will be a good day to find out.

I’m feeling so grateful for the remarkable military members in my life, and so glad we have this day set aside to honor them. Today, I’m specifically thinking of my brother-in-law Paul Rodgers. He’s currently serving in Afghanistan, while my sister Rachel cares for their children in Arizona. This is the 3rd time he’s been deployed to the Middle East. This deployment feels a little different because this is the very last deployment to Afghanistan — the brave military members serving there are all coming home as the U.S. removes its military presence from that country.

As you can imagine, the whole family is counting down the days till his safe return.

P.S. — I know so many of you are thinking about the soldiers in your lives today. Please feel free to share your stories! And anything special you might do to mark this day.