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In Honor of Those Who Served Our Nation

November 12, 2012

11,111 words in 11 hours on 11/11. That was the challenge many writers took to honor those who have served in the military. I’m not sure how many actually made that goal. As difficult as that goal may seem, it is nothing compared to the sacrifices made by those who served and their families.

My father was drafted in World War II. My parents had been married about ten years when the United States entered the war. The US government said they weren’t going to draft men who were over thirty, or those who had children. But my father was 33, married and had four children. Yet he was drafted into the Navy.He went to Basic Training at Farragut, Idaho. During that time, assignments were made for the sailors’ service from there. My dad was on the list to ship out to Europe. I remember my parents telling me that it was a frightening prospect, because that meant he would be where there was heavy fighting.But his country needed him, and he loved this country and all the freedom we enjoy. He would fulfill his duty.

He and my mother were preparing themselves for him to go overseas when a buddy of his who worked in the office where the assignments were made, saw his name on the list to ship out. He went to the Commander and told him that my dad had four children. The Commander had my dad reassigned to serve Stateside, at Clearfield, Utah, at the Supply Depot. He wasonly about forty miles from home, and he could go home to his family on his days off.

His service here in the States was no less necessary or important than being on the front lines. He was working to keep them supplied with everything they needed. He always told his kids and grandkids that he sailed on the USS Neversail!

Times were hard for everyone. Many things were rationed, things like sugar, gasoline, and tires. The Government issued everyone “ration books” that held stamps to be used for those commodities. Only so much could be purchased at a time. School kids would go around the neighborhood with their wagons collecting old newspapers and tires to help with the war effort.

I consider my dad a hero because he was willing to go when and where he was needed, to fight for our freedom. My uncle also served in the Army during World War II. My brother and late sister-in-law were both in the Army in France during the Cold War. My brother-in-law served in Germany a few years later. A great-uncle served in World War I and was wounded.

My family was only one of tens of millions who have sacrificed in the name of freedom. However any of us feels about the recent elections is irrelevant. These men and women we honor on Veteran’s Day deserve to be remembered, honored. And that includes their families who stayed home, waiting for their loved ones’ return.  Only God knows how many tears have been shed since 1776 for the safety of their loved ones in the military, those who were willing to give their lives for our American freedom.

To all of those in the Military, past and present, words alone are not enough to say thank you for your service.  Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Let us never forget.

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One Comment
  1. Thank you for this posting, DeEtte.

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