Thank You, Veterans!

Track says goodbye to Tripp at the airport when he went back to Afghanistan.

To be completely honest, I never “got” Veteran’s Day until Track told us he was going to enlist.  We were a little surprised!  But Track had a very strong dose of the independent spirit my parents instilled in him, and he knew exactly what he wanted to do.  He and his friend from high school enlisted into the United States Army as infantrymen when Dad was working on the slope.

Everyone was so supportive – yet emotional – about his decision.  I knew he’d be a great soldier.  He loves to help people, he loves his country, he’s a very hard worker. he’s very athletic, and he’s really smart.  What a perfect way to apply his skills by serving his country!

He and his friend took the oath at the military recruiting office in Anchorage on September 11, 2007 as my mom and his friend’s mom blinked back tears.

As his little sister, I beamed with pride at the thought of Track serving his country.  But part of me wanted to just have him here in Wasilla forever.  He had always been the kind of brother who watched out for his sisters and helped us in ways to numerous to mention.

Now, he’s not only served in Iraq, he’s also served in Afghanistan.  Happy Veteran’s Day to everyone who has proudly put on a uniform.  We’re so thankful for you!

  • Ruth

    Thank you to your brother for his service to our country!

  • Pete Petretich

    I greatly appreciate these sentiments, and have re-Tweeted them.

    I served in the Air Force, as did my uncle and grandfather. Today I work for the Department of Defense and talk to vets and active duty all the time.

    Keep up the good work, Bristol! Tell Chuck and Sarah that I said hi!

  • Thomas Hubbard

    I thank you Track and all other’s who have served our country. Bristol lets not forget those who perished at Fort Hood, as so many have.

  • Dianna @ Aspiring to be

    Thank you to, Track and all those who serve. My family and I appreciate all you do.

  • Mike

    The Lord be with you Track, and go before you, and keep all US soldiers safe…thank you Track and keep all the Palin’s safe!

  • SueB

    I’m very thankful to all of our military. My husband is 91 and a WWII vet. One of the restaurants in our little town is providing a free meal for all vets today and we’re going. I love to see our vets supported.

  • Palin2016

    With your brother’s service, must say that when your mom speaks about American exceptionalism & w/ a sincere patriots heart it’s so believable & admirable bc/ she, as opposed to many of today’s politicians, has “skin in the game” (strange non of Romney’s five sons served & Obama doesn’t even know a proper salute never mind his glee when cutting from defense &his abandonment of navy seals & other Americans in Benghazi.) I know your mom is very humble & believes she can help this country w/o a title, but Bristol please encourage her to run for 2016 bc/ as you say she “gets it.” While a vacuum looms, we need Sarah to help save our counry w/ her courage, smarts & incorruptible commitment to the constitution. Blessing to the palin family of true patriots. Thank you Track for your service…stay safe.

  • sodakhic

    Thank you Track. You and your Dad are amazing people.

  • Curt Wilson

    Thanks to Track and all others now serving our country. Thanks to all veterans for keeping our country free. Freedom is what makes our country great. May God bless all U.S. soldiers past and present.

  • Joseph

    Thank you, Track, and all those who serve and have served our country; thank you all for keeping our country the land of the free!