Monday:) Memorial Day Memories and More

27 May

“On this day, take time to remember those who have fallen. But on every day after, do more; put the freedoms they died for to greater and nobler uses.” – – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Today, I sat and wondered, “How, when, and where do we learn about patriotism, service, and sacrifice?” Growing up in the 50’s, post WWII, we were the Baby Boomers. Our parents and relatives served in WWII and Korea. They were proud of their country and their service. We Boomers learned respect and gratitude from our parents.

When I was in high school and college, many friends and classmates were drafted and sent to Vietnam. All too many did not return. Those were dark and sad times.

My dad served in the Philippines in WWII! and proudly shared stories about his service. He had three daughters, so all the stories were pretty upbeat, tame or humorous. He never shared the ugly painful parts with us. I’m sure there were many from the young men plucked from their homes and transported to the thick steamy jungles. My dad was lucky enough to make it home after the war, but so many did not. He and my mother taught us to honor those who sacrificed for our country. Today, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you Dad for teaching us to respect our flag, our country, and the brave men and women who sacrificed much, or made the ultimate sacrifice.

My watercolor tribute to my favorite veteran, and prayers for his friends and comrades that didn’t make it home. (The Philippine Islands and jungles as a backdrop.)

This afternoon, I was delighted when I saw a photo of my granddaughter placing a small flag in their front yard. I’m sure she has no idea the significance right now, but she will. We learn from our parents. The tradition continues.

2 Responses to “Monday:) Memorial Day Memories and More”

  1. SCLMRose May 28, 2019 at 2:19 am #

    Wonderful post. I’m from the Philippines and I thank your dad for his service over there. I was a baby when the war was raging in the P.I.

  2. GP Cox May 28, 2019 at 11:06 am #

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