yellowtorpedo- I come from a Navy family. Veterans day was a day we recognized, but this year, my son is current at RTC, graduating next Friday. The emotions this year were overwhelming and this pride I had was unbelievable. I think it becomes a different thing when your son/daughter goes in. It's like you handed them off and now you rely on all the other Navy families to help take care of your kid. It's a family unlike any other. My Navy family when my dad was in....they took the place of the blood family we left behind. I don't think anything really compares to being a mom who's child has decided to defend our nation.