One of my blogging friends has chosen to post each day this month, giving thanks for something specific in her life.
One of my Facebook friends has also chosen to update his status each day in November with a reason for thankfulness.
Reading their posts have made me realize how many things I (and most likely many of us) take for granted.
One of those things is our military, and so today, for Veteran’s Day, I’d like to mention those in our family who have served our country:
My Mom’s brother, Bennie, was drafted and served in World War II. He was taken POW in Germany, and along with a buddy, was able to escape the prison camp. I’ve shared this photo before, but it’s so touching, I thought it appropriate for today’s post. I was told this picture was taken the day before Bennie went to war. That’s him on the right, with his younger brother, Stanley, and their mom. You can just see the worry in her expression. I wish I had a picture of her smiling face when she saw him return from war.
My Mom’s youngest sister, Sarah’s, husband also served in World War II. I don’t know anything about his service, but I’ve always thought this photo of him standing in front of historic Bacon’s Castle (where Sarah and her family lived at the time) was interesting.
My brother-in-law, Ed, enlisted in the Navy and served in the Mediterranean.
I remember first learning that, in this picture of me as a toddler, I’m wearing his sailor hat, and thinking that was pretty special.
And, of course, I’ve shared that Motor Man’s dad was drafted and served in World War II. This is one of my favorite pictures: he had just a day or two between boot camp and shipping overseas to visit with his newborn son. When he returned, Motor Man was nearly 18 months old. Can you just imagine how difficult it was for him to leave his wife and baby in such uncertain times?
And now to modern-day: my great niece, Gail, just completed her service to our country in the Air Force.
Today, I’m remembering our veterans no longer with us, and thanking those who have served and and who now serve. We apologize for ever taking you for granted.
~These Days Of Mine~