Sunday, November 11, 2007
This Veteran's Day
My grandfather passed away last year, but I use to call him every November 11 and thank him for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II. Even though he's no longer here, I'm still grateful.
To my grandfather, who served under General George S. Patton in the push to rid Europe of Hitler and his tyranny and destruction.
To my mother's cousin, Tommy, who deployed to Vietnam and was only in country two weeks before he was killed by hostile ground fire.
To my father, who served in the Air Force during Vietnam loading munitions and unloading the dead.
To all of the men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, thank you.
This Veteran's Day marks the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also known as "The Wall." If you live in Washington, D.C., take a few minutes to go down to the Mall this weekend and thank a vet. I'm sure they'd appreciate a few kind words of gratitude.
Photo copyright: ELB, 1945.