On Saturday, I had the opportunity to go see a stage musical called "The Price of Freedom" with my grandpa and grandma. It was amazing. It wasn't a musical like you'd normally think of one, but there was an orchestra on the stage, and then 7 singers that portrayed real life people from World War II. There was a newlywed wife and her husband who fought in Germany, and while he was gone the wife gave birth to his son. There was a mom and her two soldier sons, and then a soldier who asked his girlfriend to wait for him. They sang parts and read excerpts from real letters. There was also two movie-like screens where images from the war and pictures of soldiers were displayed in tandem with the music. Believe me when I say, it was incredible.
But the best part, for me, was the time I was able to spend with my grandpa. He served in the Air Force and flew helicopters to rescue stranded soldiers. I haven't known him for very long, just four years (I'm adopted), so when he tells me stories about his past I hang on every word. During the intermission, he told me that he related very well to the soldier whose son was born while he was at war. Grandpa was flying a helicopter in Vietnam when someone got on the radio-thing and told him that he had a brand new baby daughter and Mommy and daughter were healthy and fine. He said it got hard to fly, because he was crying so much.
Yeah, my favorite part of the night was definitely when the veterans in the audience were asked to stand - once at the beginning, just so everyone could see how many were in the audience, and then at the end, when a special song was played just for them. My grandpa stood tall and proud. I admire him greatly and I am so glad that I have the chance to get to know him. I know Sparrow loves his Papa Dan and will someday love to sit at grandpa's knee and hear his stories.
In honor of my grandpa and Veteran's Day, I am giving away one CD of "The Price of Freedom." This has all the orchestra music and singing, but not the speaking parts. It's still amazing though, and I have to skip two of the songs if I am in the car because they make me cry. So in order to win this giveway, just leave a comment. I'm not doing extra entries because A) I'm lazy and B) they bug me. But you can spread the word if you want. I'll pick a winner on Saturday at 8:00 pm Mountain time.
I hope to instill in my son a sense of gratitude and admiration for those who have served our country. I am grateful for our soldiers who put their lives on the line to keep us free and safe. God bless America!