I was torn with leaving right after dinner and staying for the presentation afterward because I knew I would be in and out with the girls, but I decided to stay. The stake president began the night with the story about Washington at Valley Forge and how the picture reminds him of every person who has sacrificed for the country. He went on to let everyone know that the reason he decided to have this dinner was because of a certain person who was uncontrollably crying as he was trying his best to give a lesson on marriage to a certain ward. Yes, he even mentioned my name. I was glad at the time that he learned that it was because I was missing Jess while he was away and not because we had a broken marriage...but at the dinner I was cursing the fact that I had been in the front row of class so that he could see my breakdown. Really, it was touching that a whole event was planned because of me missing my husband.
The rest of the evening was great. A brother Knotts read a poem that he wrote called "Where are you now?" which I guess has been officially adopted by the navy. While Reanne and I were in the bathroom, they showed "American Soldier," a clip about the National Guard, which I am glad I only caught the end of because I'm sure I would have been in tears again. All the military theme songs were played and the men got to stand and sing as they heard theirs. To end they had the few of us who had family overseas right now stand and they gave us the flag pin shown in the picture. At the end, I wasn't quite sure how to feel. I was honored to be among all of the veterans there and I didn't quite feel like I belonged. At the same time, I know very well how much the families of the military also sacrifice and so in the end I just felt grateful to be a part of the evening.