Tuesday, November 13, 2007

In Memorium

Veteran's Day was yesterday, and an article on the last WWI veteran made me think about the way Veterans are treated these days. I am always sad to pass the shelter at Government Center for homeless veterans. In my opinion, if someone signs up to give their life for their country, they should be respected and given more reward than to end up homeless. This goes for veterans of any war: WWI & II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War I & II, etc. I don't agree with the current war, but I honor any veteran of it, because they have pledged themselves to protect our country.

Both of my grandfathers fought in WWII.







On the top is my father's father, who flew planes for the Air Force. On the bottom, way on the right, leaning over the desk is my mother's father, who worked in cartography for the Air Force. The picture was taken in a castle in Holland where he was working on strategic mapping.

I am lucky in that I knew both of these great men, and I spent a fair amount of time with my father's father, Grampa, who told me plenty of stories about his time in the service. I have only the fondest memories of him.

And so, even though it's not Veteran's Day today, I'm honoring my grandfathers, both service men. I hope you will take some time this week to honor a veteran.

1 responses:

ArcVancouver said...

Did your Grandpa ever have any leftover maps from the war? That would be cool to see!


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