My father served in the armed forces in the Corps of Engineers. My father's father served in the armed forces. My mother's father served in the armed forces. My mother's father's father served, as did my mother's uncle.
My family line, since the time of the Revolutionary War–and even prior–has served in the military in some capacity. I'm an eligible for membership in DAR (the Daughters of the American Revolution) although I'm not one. I grew up traveling the eastern seaboard of the United States, seeing the landmarks where American history was made.
I have been to almost every single battlefield of the Revolutionary and Civil wars. I have seen trees bearing the scars of bullets from hundreds of years ago, and been to places where I could feel the impact of war on it. You can see it in the pockmarked rocks, you can feel it in the air, as if perhaps the ghosts of the fallen do still linger where they fell in battle. I have walked through forests, pausing to find a bullet from two hundred years ago. I still have one upstairs, irrefutable proof of what people will do for what they believe in.
Tomorrow, no matter what country you live in, no matter which country you swear allegiance, it is a time to stop and remember those who have come together. It is a time to stop and mourn.
It is also a time to celebrate. Their sacrifice was not without cause, not without reward, and never forgotten.
I will be giving away a set of my novels, in format of choice, in celebration of memorial day.
Who in your life has served? Who in your life has made that ultimate sacrifice? Who in your life is serving now, laying it all on the line for what they believe in?
This giveaway is for those who serve in the armed forces, have served, or are preparing to serve. This giveaway is for the spouses and children of those who are serving, who have served, or are preparing to serve.
To win, simply tell your story in the comments below–or write a blog post about it and link it to me on twitter, facebook, or google+. I will read all of the stories pick one to win the main prize.
Paperback copies will go to US addresses. If you do not live in the US, you will receive e-copies of the books. (Arrangements may be made for active members of the armed forces, but I don't know the costs or details of shipping overseas!)
Thank you for your sacrifice and everything you have done for your country–no matter which country it is for, or what you believe.