I don't have too many soap boxes that I stand on. Especially in today's preach first, think of the consequences to my opinions later Facebook world. Yet being a veteran will always bring me to express my gratitude and admiration for any of the men and women of this great country of mine, that put on the uniform and serve their country with distinction.
Last year was by far one of the best years of my life. I spent 30 days in Belgium visiting my brother Travis and it came after an extremely busy Mardi Gras season. The most amazing part of those 30 days was visiting the Bastogne War Museum as well the surrounding areas. My brother and I both served as paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division. This is something I am extremely proud of.
If you've never seen the HBO series, Band of Brothers, then for the love of all that is red, white and blue get off of your binge watching rear ends and watch it! Band of Brothers is the story of one of the most decorated Army units in our history, Easy Company of the 101st Airborne. The entire area surrounding the Bastogne War Museum pays respect to the soldiers who endured freezing cold conditions, a relentless enemy shelling them day and night more hardship than I could possibly fathom.
As my brother and I stepped into the wood line that the men of Easy Company fortified during WWII, flakes of snow began to fall. It was bitterly cold. I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with a sense of pride for having served as a paratrooper. Even if my time was but a small part of the legacy of being a US Paratrooper it felt surreal standing on the same ground that these giants of history fought on. It was a moment in time I won't soon forget and I hope you enjoy the images that I captured. AIRBORNE!