The words within the military oath for those enlisting in the armed forces are significant. For one, it was formalized in 1956 as Federal law. It goes like this:
I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
Likely, your family members said these same words. I do not know your story, but I will briefly share mine. The seed was planted on the evening of January 16, 1991. My father helped me nurture the seed, which I am forever grateful.
Despite the issues I face as an attorney, I get re-inspired by reading the enlistment oath because it reminds me of the sacrifices rendered. Your family and friends might not know, but I do.
From me to you, thank you and God Bless.