Over the course of U.S. History, more than 42 million men and women have served in the army, navy, air force, marines and coast guard. Among them, the guest speaker on the campus of MSSU, Brigadier General David Boyle, who’s in his 37th year of army service.
“I spent five years down in Panama, almost a year in Honduras, a year in Afghanistan, and about three years in Washington D.C. in the Pentagon. And, I’ve been to every country in Latin America except for Brazil and Mexico,” explained Boyle.
But, service men and women are treated vastly different by civilians now than when he started his military career. He says they are embraced for their service, and he embraces that change.
“It’s unbelievable. We really do enjoy it, but the truth of the matter is we’re honored to serve, This is what we’ve chosen as our profession. We look at the civilians that we protect and the civil liberties that we protect and they are sacred to us,” said Boyle.
And, Luz Sheets couldn’t be more proud of her husband, Don, who retired from the navy after 31 years. But, she says family members make big sacrifices too while their loved ones are away. She had to keep the home fires burning with 4 teenagers during her husbands absence.
“The ones that stay behind have a very powerful role to continue what we are here to do,” said military mom Luz Sheets.
MSSU will also hold other events honoring veterans this weekend. That includes a 5K Run with the Heroes race starting at 9 A.M. at the south parking lot.