Photos on display at the Vogt home of their four sons serving in the U,S, Marine Corps
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Each of us experiences the world through our own lens and our experiences mean special days and events have our own vivid color. That is why Veterans Day means so much more for a Louisville family.
"Veterans Day is a reflection on the sacrifices that many men and women have given for this country," said Randy Vogt.
He knows all about sacrifice.
"Without that sacrifice, we wouldn't have the country we have today," Vogt said.
Vogt and his wife Sandra have five sons. Four of them are U.S. Marines.
"When 9/11 happened, Sam decided he was going to join," Sandra said.
Dan followed Sam, then Ben and now Dave, who may make the military his career.
"My last one, David, he's still in it," Randy said. "He talks like he wants to reenlist. He says he might want to stay in there."
So when you talk about military families and sacrifice, randy and his wife Sandra know all about it.
"It is hard because they leave and you don't see a lot of them," said Randy.
"You talk to people at work and they're sitting around saying, well my son is going to be home for this occasion or Christmas or thanksgiving," Sandra said. "To know that they probably won't be home this year or the next year or something," is hard.
She says it's worth it.
"When they graduate and to see their son transformed from a shy little backward person to this proud ... it's just overwhelming," Sandra said.
So while many of us mark Veterans Day with patriotism and pride for the country, for the Vogts, it's about family.
"Some people just think of it as a day off and I think about all the families and the moms and the dads and grandparents," Sandra said.
Randy and Sandra have a fifth son, Christopher. Randy tells me that Chris is talking to Marine recruiters and will likely follow in his big brothers' footsteps.
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