Posted By FarmerJ on September 17, 2011
I was blessed with the opportunity to witness a very special occasion for Darling Husbie. On Thursday, 15 September 2011, my beloved husband was presented with the Honorable Order of St. Michael. It was a moment that nearly brought this hardened soldier to tears and left him momentarily speechless ~ something his peers and subordinates mentioned never experiencing before. [tee hee!]
Saint Michael is referred to in biblical writings as an archangel who wages war against evil. He was known as the heavenly prince or champion who specifically charged forward to guard and defend others. He is legendary as the leader of angels who fought a war in heaven and conquered the dragon and cast it down from the skies. Michael’s battles are an allegory of the struggle between good and evil. Throughout the centuries, Michael has been depicted with a sword fighting or standing over the conquered dragon.
The legendary image of Saint Michael defeating the dragon exemplifies the bravery and gallantry that we associate with the Aviation soldier. His angelic qualities demonstrate the boldness and swiftness of Army Aviation on the battlefield. As a brave warrior and protector, Saint Michael is the embodiment of courage and justice and is an appropriate symbol of the values and high level of excellence exhibited throughout Army Aviation.
Induction into the Order of Saint Michael is intended to recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient’s seniors, subordinates, and peers. These individuals must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve the United States Army Aviation or civilian aviation community with distinction.
During the induction reading, my Beloved’s long list of accomplishments in and contributions to the United States Army Aviation community were acknowledged. I couldn’t help but stand, eyes overflowing with tears of pride, in complete admiration and adoration of this noble man who chose me to be his bride. Of course, Husbie doesn’t feel worthy of this honorable distinction, but I, and his fellow soldiers who stood in recognition and respect, couldn’t disagree more.
I have yet to obtain a copy of that particular verbiage, but I will. It is something I want to keep in our ‘treasure’ box so one day our grandchildren [gasp!] can read about their Grandpa’s service to our country. I’ll have to see about sharing that openly here, though, once I do receive it. My humble husband would be horrifically embarrassed. We’ll have to see how much flack I get from posting this.
Darling Husbie ~ I do love, admire and adore you so! Mwah! ♥