Okay, this time it was totally my fault that the blog wasn't posted like it should have. Teach me to have 5 windows open at a time and change the wrong one!
I wanted to commemorate this blog to the veterans who have served their country honorably. My father retired from the AF, despite having been a prisoner of war of the Germans for 16 months when he was 16, and surviving a freefall from the aircraft, wounds from that and another mission, forced death marches, and starvation. He was nearly 6 foot tall and weighed a 100 pounds when he was freed. His uncle died as prisoner of war of the Japanese in the Phillipines. My mother's uncle survived as a prisoner of war of the Phillipines. My mother joined the army to earn her US citizenship early. She was a Canadian citizen. My father's maternal grandfather had trained horses for the US Cavalry. My mother's father had been a doctor in the Canadian forces during WWI. And her grandfather had been in Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders, although he never saw any action, except he wore the uniform and he got the girl--my great grandmother. In fact, lots of romances in military connections. My father, though in the AF, met my mother at Fort Sam Houston while he served on recruiting duty there.
My grandmother worked as a secretary for a colonel in Canada and met my grandfather while he gave physicals for those joining the armed forces. My great grandmother met my great grandfather at the Chicago World's Fair when he was in his uniform. :)
Oh, and I retired from the Army Reserves also after serving 7 years on active duty. And now my son is joining the time honored tradition by joining the AF as a navigator.
So to me, Memorial Day is more than a holiday from school and work. It's a time to say thank you to the veterans who serve who could be called up or have been called upon to risk life, limb, and mental trauma.
I salute veterans and their families on this Memorial Day!
Have you had relatives who were veterans or were you also a veteran?