Jen Brown

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A Mother and Son Journey

Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

When my son received his appointment to the United States Military Academy, the day was filled with joy, excitement and even relief. The goal my son had set for himself, which at times seemed almost impossible to reach, was achieved. All of his hard work had paid off. 
   As a parent, how could I not be more proud?  Then it hit me.  My son is not just going off to college.  He is joining the United States Army.  Assigned to a post called West Point for a 4-year educational training program and then an additional 5-year commitment to the military.  I’m not from a military family, so I had no idea how this would impact me on a personal level. This new journey my son was about to embark on would also be a new journey for me as his mom.
    I grew up like most kids saying the Pledge of Allegiance in school every day and singing the National Anthem before our sporting events. The words spoken from habit, memorized to the point that we say them without thinking.   I now stand taller with my hand over my heart and speak each word clearly as I think of my son.

Cadet Justin Liptak is now in his second year at West Point as he continues to prepare to serve our country.  He will be highly educated and trained to be a successful leader.  He will be a true patriot for our nation with his love for our country and wiliness to sacrifice for it. I have come to understand what patriotism really is through him.   My son has made a commitment not only to the Army but to every citizen of our nation. He will stand together with all of those within our military to protect this land of the free, home of the brave.  I am so proud of what he has given to all of us.