This picture was taken on the rear patio of the old Officer’s Club at Deer Point (Now called the Bayview Restaurant) at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As I looked over the bay at the sunset and snapped this photo, I realized that thousands of servicemen and women have stood at this same exact spot looking over the bay and thinking about there loved ones who were far, far away. There are few places that you could be that are more isolating than Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
My visit to the base was a real eye opener for me. I was overcome with the realities of what it must be like to be a military family. These great Americans sacrifice a portion of themselves and share their families interests, to serve our country. I think we tend to focus on the danger of loosing their lives and miss that fact that they are really giving up their lives as they live and serve the country. They are far away from home and stuck on a base isolated from the people and the things that they love and cherish. I was reawakened to this sacrifice made by millions of men and women during the history of the United States.
These men and women who sacrifice to serve our country are truly the greatest Americans!