My Veterens Day Salute

By Jackie M. Stebbins

Last year on Veterans Day, as I was scrolling through Facebook looking at all the pictures and reading the nice stories and thoughts photo-jackie-m-stebbins-attorney-at-lawpeople posted about Veterans in their family, one person’s story really caught my eye and hit me in the heart. I have known Jeremy Petron and his wife and family for only a few years now. When I first met him, I found out he had been in the National Guard and was deployed in the Iraq war. I really didn’t know much more than that about Jeremy’s story. The tribute to a Veteran that caught my eye last year, was Jeremy’s wife, Angela, sharing her story of what it was like to live through Jeremy’s deployment. Angela’s story of tears over a year and a half and prayers that Jeremy would make it home safe and sound and the pictures of Jeremy in his uniform and coming home, really hit me as to what it would feel like to have your loved one; parent, child, spouse, or partner, leave home to go to a foreign place in a time of war. Jeremy’s story, like the story of so many others, is one of selflessness and courage. I didn’t know Jeremy when he deployed, but I know him now and I see the same selfless traits in his civic leadership with his involvement in the Boy Scouts and the PTA. For his sacrifice and courage, for his commitment to his country both as a soldier and a civic leader, I salute him today, this Veterans Day. Stebbins Mulloy says thank you Jeremy and thank you all Veterans present and past, who have proudly served our great country. We cannot say thank you enough for all that you have done and all that you do. In a small gesture of thanks to you Jeremy, we purchased a gift card for you and Angela to have dinner at the Toasted Frog, on us. Happy Veterans Day!