Today’s Opening Ceremonies mark the official beginning of the Games of the XXX Olympiad, better known as the 2012 London Olympics. Four billion people around the world are expected to tune in to see the parade of 10,000 athletes, watch the 15,000 performers, and celebrate the ceremonial start of the Games with the Lighting of the Olympic Torch. Every two years, we unite as country and cheer for Team USA as they represent our great country on the world stage. This year’s games, like several before, we in the military community have a special source of pride. Twenty members of the United States military will be among the American athletes walking in the parade and participating in the London games.
Service members have been participating in the Olympics since 1896 as athletes and coaches in both the summer and winter games. Over 600 soldiers have traded tan and green uniforms for red and blue and represented the United States as coaches and athletes. They have returned home, not with military decorations, but bearing more than 140 Olympic medals in boxing, wrestling, shooting, and track and field and many others. After all, with a motto like Citius, Altius, Fortius, Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” who better to represent the United States than the men and women of our Armed Forces?
Be on the lookout for
- SFC Dremiel Byers, USA, Greco-Roman Wrestling
- CPT Weston “Seth” Kelsey, USAF, Fencing
- IT1 Sandra Uptagrafft, USNR, Free and Air Pistol
- SGT Jamel Herring, USMC, Boxing
Operation Homefront wishes our military Olympians and the rest of the American team good luck! USA!
(Article by Rachel O’Hern, military spouse, a recent addition at Operation Homefront and all-around great gal!)