Gratitude on Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, I am grateful. Jorjanne and I celebrate 13 years of marriage today. She is the most amazing woman… more beautiful, smarter, loving, and fun than I ever deserved to marry. Most every guy I’ve ever met marries up. I am definitely no exception!

I am also very grateful for the influence of four verterans. These men have made great impacts in my life and I am eternally grateful.

My grandfather, Jacob W. Paulk, Sr., served in the Air Force during the Korean War. The picture above depicts his character. I’ve had the privelege of growing up with him and now working with him for 11 years. He loves his family and is willing to make sacrifices to help make this a better world.

My father-in-law, William D. Zorn, Sr., served in the Navy. He has taught me to be proud of my heritage and learn from those who helped make my hometown the unique place it is today.

My best friend, Matt. He serves in the Navy and has taught me how to lead. No matter the type of organization, the same principles apply. And, he has taught me to relentlessly pursue excellence.

My mom’s first cousin, Joe Dexter Flynn, served during Vietnam. He recently battled the same type of brain tumor that my maternal grandmother battled 19 years ago, and his funeral is today. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of visiting his family in Alabama and playing with our cousins, Brock and Ashley. He, like my grandmother, has received his eternal reward in Heaven, and my prayers are with his family during this time.

I have many other friends and family who have served in the military. I am grateful for your service to our country and your influences in my life. You are to be honored.

Question: Who would you like to thank? Please leave a comment below.

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