I have a thing for Memorial Day...
It's Memorial Day...Can't let the day pass without giving love to all those military folks that have been in my life over the years. See I come from a long line of military folk. Like Bob and Wilbur...I am thinking this is World War I era. I know Bob's picture is from 1918
But not sure of the year of Wilbur's picture.
and then my Grandpa Roy in WWII
I have mom's side of the family around here as well in the photo archives but can't find it this second...I shall add them when I do. Tis late and I am going to bed shortly. Both parents received military honors at their funerals...even though mom was only a "civilian worker" in the Air Force for several decades they loved her enough to come out to her funeral and play for her and honor her. She would have loved that. They didn't have to...but they did.
As a kid I would love to pull out his "box" of Navy pictures and trinkets he kept tucked under his bed. He would tell me stories about the people in the pictures...his best station ever....in Hawaii before moving on to the Eastern Sea during Vietnam. He was a man's man and the military was, in my opinion, one of the highlights of his life.
When he passed away one of the few things I received of his was that box. It was truly all I wanted. Inside I found so many letters from his mom...and his girlfriends (one in every port as any good sailer would have at the time)... I loved the insight into this young version of my dad. What it must have been like for him to be that far away from home...in so many strange countries. What it must have been like for my grandmother having her first born son so so so far away and close, too close to a war.
And my stepdad, Jeff, who I am very proud of for STILL serving everyday.
Without the sacrifices of these wonderful military people...well. Yeah just want to say thanks and your sacrifices are appreciated and you make your families and country proud :-) I can't help but think the one thing that made these men and woman stand out...even a century after some are gone is quite simply their bravery and honor...protecting this country. Even mom mother as a "civilian" Air Force gal held the secrets and did her duty to this country everyday. Sometimes you don't have to war to honor and serve your country. All of them... Whether they agreed with a war or not...they went. They protected. They sacrificed. They all took orders...followed them. No easy mission. Thank you very much.