On Veterans Day, I’m reminded of a moving experience I had a few years ago when I was showing homes to a potential buyer. We walked into a lovely home and we all started to “ooh” and “ahh” over how well kept and well decorated the home was.
I couldn’t help but notice a sketch of a young man who looked familiar. I assumed we had gone to school together, but couldn’t place him. Then I noticed more pictures, framed newspaper articles, and finally a wall of remembrance. It dawned on me at that very moment that I did indeed recognize that man, that soldier.
He was the one who gave his life for my freedom. I stood in awe as I walked around the room and noticed all of the ways his mom paid tribute to her fallen son. She had uniforms folded and displayed, medals framed and of course, a framed United States flag. As my buyer walked the house admiring the details, I stood there and let the tears fall as I read the articles, letters, honors, and felt the family’s pride and loss. It was a humbling experience…to think of having a loved one taken in an instant.
On this and every Veterans Day, I am thankful for those brave soldiers! I am proud of my daddy, my brother-in-law, uncles, cousins and all who have served. They wake up every day, put on their uniforms and represent me, you and our country. I am proud of the example they set for my son and many other children who see their dedication and honor.
To that sweet mother who is with a home full of memories, but without her son: Thank you. Thanks to your son. He is not forgotten! Many blessings to all who serve and sacrifice this Veterans Day.
About Rachel Fitzpatrick: Before beginning her real estate career in 2007, Rachel Fitzpatrick worked in marketing and public relations. She brings that experience to her clients today, helping them find the perfect home where they will make memories and continue traditions. Rachel particularly enjoys working with first-time home buyers, as Rachel is as excited and enthusiastic about finding the ideal home as her clients. She guides them through the search and transaction and works hard so buyers will not have to settle for less than their dream.
Rachel stays involved in the community by working on the Community Relations Committee at the Golden Isles Association of Realtors, volunteering at the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, the American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army. When she is not working or volunteering, Rachel enjoys traveling, finds peace at the beach or in the mountains, and loves spending time with her young son.