Today’s Soldier Story Saturday is written by 8-year-old Renée about her dad who is a Sergeant in the army. Renée is in the 3rd grade and is an aspiring fashion designer. She has a younger sister, an awesome mom and a plethora of family and friends that support her. Here is Renée’s story.
My name is Renée, I am 8 years old and my dad is in the Army.
When I first found out that my dad will be leaving I was very sad, all I could think about was who would keep me safe if dad is away and how much I was going to miss him.
We did not see dad for 3 months as he attended Basic Training and I was looking forward to going to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for his graduation. I was very excited on the way there and all that was going through my mind was how I was going to run to him and give him the biggest hug ever. The graduation ceremony was phenomenal and I met lots of soldiers and officers that came and shook my dad’s hand because he was the best soldier in his class. Seeing all these soldiers together made me realize that it takes a lot of hard work to keep our country safe.
My dad was deployed to Iraq last year and that was the longest time that we did not get to see him. We were very worried about him and we prayed to God to protect him and bring him back home safe. We even prepared care packages and drew a lot of pictures to send to him.
My dad is a very good Sergeant and he has a lot of awards from the army. His soldiers respect him and love him.
Now I know that my dad can still keep me safe even if he is away, he is working with other soldiers to keep all of us safe and I am very thankful for all the sacrifices they make.
Even though my dad is back from deployment, I still pray every night to God to keep my daddy and all the other soldiers safe so that we can enjoy our FREEDOM.
I want to be just like my dad when I grow up that is why he is my HERO.