As the daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend, of military veterans, I wanted to take today to honor the people who have served in or are currently serving in the armed forces. I know the sacrifices that need to be made to be able to wear those uniforms and it is a position that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Being part of the military is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted and I feel honored to have such close ties to the military. From the days of watching my father come home in his uniform or seeing my uncle retire to even witnessing members of the military honoring my relatives after their passing, I have always had respect for the military and their veterans. Whenever I see a veteran, I always feel a special attachment to them because the life of veterans is all too familiar to me. So, if you see a veteran today or any day, make sure to show them respect and remember what they’ve done for you.
On this Memorial Day, I want to take a moment to recognize the sacrifices that our military makes each day. I have been fortunate enough to never lose a loved one to the realities of war, but, as a military brat, I understand the hardships that come with being involved in the military. My grandfathers, uncles, cousins, and father all served in the military or still are in the military. My grandfather almost lost his life in the Korean War, while I remember many months as a kid when my dad was away serving in the Army. I understand that being in the military means sacrificing precious time that could be spent with loved ones. I understand the meaning of Memorial Day.
No matter what age, rank, or gender a fallen soldier is still a soldier who have their life to serve their country. They deserve every citizen’s respect, but, mostly, they deserve for their death to not have been in vain. If a person is going to sacrifice their life to serve their nation, then it is up to us to ensure that this country is worth dying for. Each day is an opportunity to improve yourself and your surroundings. Don’t destroy our nation with violence, greed, selfish ideals, and ignorance. Instead, do what you can to build this country up. As citizens, it is our duty to help protect the nation’s integrity, lifespan, and value, so that our soldiers are not falling for a dead cause. I know nothing can bring those soldiers back and that lost time can never be replaced, but we should do what we can. We should reflect on what we’re doing to make sure that we’re doing our best as a whole and as a country.
The military has always been a part of my life and, for the first twelve years of my life, it was all I knew. My great-grandfather, who was more like a grandfather to me fought in both World War II and the Korean War. Both of my grandfathers were Army veterans and my father was in the Army for 20 years. Aside from them, I have uncles, cousins, and plenty of friends who have served and still serve in the military. I respect and admire them for doing so and I want to use today as an opportunity to thank them for that. Happy Veteran’s Day to you all!
It’s October, the air is getting cooler, and Fall is officially upon us, so, naturally, it’s time to re-evaluate our wardrobes. We all have to look through our closets and figure out what to keep and what to get rid of so that we can make room for new items that fall in line with what’s in this season. Let’s get right to it!
First thing’s first, hang on to the peplum trend. Peplum jackets, peplum dresses, and peplum tops still have a lot of life left in them, so make sure you keep your favorite peplum pieces. Leather is another trend that’s sticking around for a little while longer. Leather jackets, boots, and leggings are great ways to incorporate this material into your autumn looks. However, as with anything, don’t go overboard with leather. Yes, punk is making a little come back this season, but too much leather is never good. If you want to be bold, do it using your outerwear. An over-sized flyaway cardigan with tribal print, fur, and parkas are a great way to incorporate a bold touch to your wardrobe with ease.
Recently, I’ve become a big fan of River Island, which has a 3 for 1 parka coat that I’m absolutely obsessed with. It features a leather jacket liner with a fur trimmed hood, mixing three fashion trends all in to one. I’d suggest dishing out a few dollars on a quality coat that’s warm and fashionable. Why not do it with a parka like this?
Now, for colors and prints. For one, stick to classic prints. Pinstripes, plaid, and houndstooth items will be some safe bets this season, so invest in them. Don’t rely on your florals as it’s not spring anymore, so be careful with that. However, one garden element you might want to look out for is emerald green. It’s dark and rich, but yet brings enough elegant color to your whole look, creating something out of the ordinary. Plus, it fits in quite nicely with this year’s updated military trend, so I’m sure these two trends will be great for any wardrobe looking for quick changes.
My last bit of advice is to remember to layer! After all, the magic of layering is the true beauty in Fall fashion. A simple top paired with a textured or patterned jacket that is topped off with a chunky scarf, tailored pants, and ankle boots can be a staple look of the season. Don’t forget the power of details like boots, hats, gloves, scarves, and tights. Layering is great and it’s what gives Fall and Winter an edge over Spring and Summer.
But, above all things, invest in a wardrobe you’re in love with. If you can re-purpose something to fit the latest trends, do it! As long as you love your pieces and feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, it’s very hard to not look good!
There may be a lot of buzz around the start of summer, upcoming cookouts, and the end of the semester, but it’s important to remember and respect our military heroes that this time is dedicated to. They are the men and women who risk their lives every day for our well-being. Many of these individuals even give their life in exchange for ours. That kind of sacrifice deserves plenty of respect and recognition. Once a soldier, always a soldier and they will never be forgotten.
I may not be a military brat anymore, but I grew up as one, so I definitely have a certain appreciation for our armed forces. Today, is Armed Forces Day and I think it’s important to recognize our military and everything that they do. We may not see everything that they do to help our lives better every day, but believe that they are doing what they can to protect us.
My childhood was defined by military life. I was an Army brat and I can’t imagine it any other way. Although my dad isn’t in the Army anymore, I will always be a military child and I will always be able to identify with my fellow military children. Army life taught me a lot about myself, my family, and life. The Army made my life as a civilian what it is today and there’s no way I would change that. So, in honor of military child month, this goes out to all of the military children. Be proud of what the dandelion represents!