These rights and privileges and many more we owe to the men and women who have served our country.
Minette’s husband served in the Marine Corp… an elite accomplishment… He was 17 when he joined and lost many of his friends in Nam. He still misses them. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fi!
My Dad served in the army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans. He talked tonight about having body lice and shivered at the 70 year old memory. He froze, starved and almost lost a foot. He endured many things that no one should have to endure.
Minette’s grandfather was an Army engineer, who went ashore on D Day, he was wounded twice. You’ve all seen “Saving Private Ryan” and seen a small portion of the horror of that day. To the day he died, he never discussed with her what he saw or his experiences. The only thing he ever said to her about his service, when she was asking him to come to the beach was that he had seen enough sand during the war. He wouldn’t elaborate any further.
Their oldest brother was an Army Ranger who liberated the Nazi Death camp Buchenwald-what atrocities did he see? Having been to Dachau, I can well imagine.
Yet another brother was a boilermaker and kept our supply trains running in WWII.
My brother in law served 2 terms in Iraq, Desert Storm and Desert Shield,as a Navy medic. Once again -an horrific experience.
The debt we owe these men and countless others can never be repaid. We owe it to them to excercize the rights they fought for, to show pride in our country and respect our flag.
I realized as I wrote this that the relatives I thought of as a preacher, an uncle who teased unmercifully, a strong hard working Dad, a quiet brother in law, were all highly decorated soldiers and sailors that served in some of the most iconic events in our nations history. Yet they were not boastful of their heroism.
Our country has had many such “common” people to whom we owe so much. Common-I don’t think so. Each one gave up their security to make sure you had yours. Thank a veteran! You may never know what he or she did to keep you free.
God Bless America!
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