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Memorial Day 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

When I was a little girl we used to drive past a cemetery that looked much like the one above. I remember my father telling me it was especially for those who had served their country. I knew my father had served in WWII, which had ended less than twenty years earlier. There were black and white war movies on TV. I thought I knew all about war. Of course, I didn't.

I remember seeing my father's scar from a shrapnel wound he got during the Battle of the Bulge. I was about nine years old. I giggled and teased him about it, not really believing that my dad could have been wounded in war. Not my dad! He was such a jolly guy. He didn't talk much about being in the war, but now and then he would have a bad dream and wake up screaming. I still remember the sound of my mother's voice, a soft cascade of sweet murmurs, as she soothed him. It was my mother who explained that sometimes he would dream about the war.

If my father were still alive, I would give him one of those "big hugs around the neck" that he loved so much, and thank him from the bottom of my heart for his service.

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    He sounds like a great guy.
    2414 days ago
    He sounds like a wonderful man. Happy belated memorial day.
    2425 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your memories of a wonderful man.
    2430 days ago
    What a wonderful memory. We owe so much to our fathers and forefathers . . . the men and women who LIVED what we rarely hear about today.

    2431 days ago
    It is fitting and proper for us to HONOR those who have paid the
    ultimate price,to maintain the freedoms we enjoy in this country!
    People have a tendency to forget! emoticon emoticon
    2431 days ago
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    Beautiful, emoticon emoticon My dad was the same would not talk about the war he was in.
    2431 days ago
    Both my father and my son are veterans and have seen and heard things that no one should ever hear. I thank them and all the others veterans for their service, and pray for those who sacrificed their lives for what we have today.

    Happy Memorial Day and never forget those who fought and died for the freedoms we have, our vets and those who continue to bravely serve.
    2431 days ago
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