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Saying thank you for service

Service - the action of helping or doing work for someone - comes in all shapes and sizes. Growing up, I always associated "service" with community service: working at food shelters, fundraisers to help local charities, volunteer work at Habitat for Humanity and the list goes on. But when I met my husband, I began to ask...what does it mean to "serve" our country? Every once in a while, we'll be standing in line at the grocery store arguing about some "honey-do", when someone approaches my husband and says, "Thank you for your service." I'm surprised and taken aback when this happens. To me, he's my husband, with or without his army fatigues, but to them, he's a part of something greater.

The Annual Holiday Party with his unit is always a reminder of that. For every soldier that deploys, there are family members, young and old, that serve with them. Their service comes in the form of love, selflessness, steadfastness and unconditional support and pride for their soldier. Once a year, I get to see all of that first-hand. The soldiers dressed in their "sharp and shinies" and the kids in their Sunday best, gather together to celebrate a year of service. Of course, there are crafts, lots of food and awards handed it out, and Santa arrives in a Hummer, but really it's a time that even the most stoic soldier looks forward to. That something greater is all around them in one room for a couple hours.

So here's a look back at this year's Annual Holiday Party with our troops and their families.

Making a list and checking it twice.

Working up an appetite.

A grateful "fan."

Worth coming home to.

Getting crafty.

[author] [author_image timthumb='on']#[/author_image] [author_info]Katie McFate is the Creative Operations Manager at House Party. Her knack for party planning and dry wit makes her an elite addition to the House Party team. Katie is known for her melodic karaoke voice and famous or infamous (depending on who you ask) for her sangria. In her free time, she plays on a rec. volleyball team, Blood, Sweat & Beers. Katie's party tip: Go big or go home. [/author_info] [/author]


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