I wrote part of this post for Memorial Day in 2013 and 2020 and thought both posts said it all for this special day of remembrance.
Please remember those who served proudly and bravely for their country so we could be free.
They traveled far and wide.
Served their country with pride.
Walked long distances shoulder to shoulder, side by side.
Obstacles they did encounter and overcome.
To protect those at home.
They gave unselfishly in all their actions.
So that many lost their lives.
And have left fatherless children and widowed wives.
Others did go home but suffered from loss of limbs.
Or of mental capacities diminished.
They did all they could doing the jobs that could not be finished.
God bless all those who sacrificed so much for all of us so we could be free.
And a very grateful and profound thank you to all who gave their lives so we could live in this beautiful land of endless opportunity.
My father served in World War II as a Marine. I remember how proud he was of his service. He received a Purple Heart after he was injured in combat.
Here’s my handsome dad in his Marine uniform proudly marching. I couldn’t edit this for clarity reason why it is so blurry! I had a studio work on it several years ago but this is the best they could do. I loved that smile! He was a wonderful man and father. He was larger than life in my eyes! If I don’t stop talking about him I will be crying all day. Thanks for listening.
What I did notice was how difficult it was for my father to talk about what he witnessed while he was in the service during WWII. He never really talked about the events until one day when I was a teenager.
I pushed him that day to talk about his experiences. All he could say was, “This war is something you can never forget. I lost many of my buddies. They were picked off and dropped down right next to me. I was lucky to survive with just a bullet wound.” My father passed away after a wonderful life in 2001. I miss him!
A special thanks to all you servicemen and woman for keeping us safe!
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