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Remembering Vets and my Father on Veterans Day

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Even though so many of us in the U.S. and around the world are preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, let us never forget that November 11th is Veterans Day.

Let's not forget to say thanks to those that served or are serving now. And equally as important remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for the USA so we could have the precious freedoms that we have.

Hopefully, you take a moment to say a pray for those Veterans you may have known that passed who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Early on my father developed into the strong, proud man he became thanks to serving our country for two years in WWII aboard the USS Antietam CV-36. He told my brother and me “Two things can straighten out any man, the military or a good woman.”

He went on to develop some good habits after his military days ended. He was an early riser everyday whether he was working or not. Dad worked hard no matter if he was on the clock or working in and around the house. He became the steady Eddie; was married 57 years, worked for one company for 35 and lived at the same home he owned for 47 years. These are accomplishments I will never match.

When I young teenager, I would wake up smelling hash and eggs. It was a breakfast ritual that stuck with Dad from his Navy days. He didn’t talk often about his war days or ever wore a cap that read WWII Veteran.

The few stories I remembered were serious and funny. The serious; seeing the devastating damage post Pearl Harbor and the atomic bombing after effects in Hiroshima.

The funny; buying spiked whiskey in the Philippines, spiked with what looked like flat cream soda, but was another undrinkable liquid that looked similar.

He was not an emotional man, but did get a bit more emotional on his 75th birthday when I gave him a framed picture of his Honorable Discharge that included an image of the USS Antietam CV-36 and the medals he earned. I am also proud to say my youngest nephew who's still in the Marines, served in Afghanistan for nearly a year.

To those men and women who served or who are serving the U.S. now, I salute you all. Aside from being proud of my father who lived to be 83, being a veteran is amongst his proudest accomplishments.

All the benefits our veterans get are well deserved. I am reminded of this each time my family and I visit Calverton National Cemetery where he’s laid to rest with my mother.


Comments

Stacey on October 03, 2014:

I'll always appreciate your Dad and all veterans of our country.