Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WE GIVE THANKS IN HONOR OF....


I drove my father to the dentist today and we saw a sign that said "Free Ice Cream For Veterans Today."  I asked him if he wanted some and he said, "How will they know I am a veteran?"  It was kind of sad.  My father was in the army when he was 18 years old.  He was sent to the Philipines and was assigned to the tank command.  He tells us stories all the time of what happened. 


The scariest one to me was he and his company had been deployed on a ship heading to Japan.  When you are in the army, on a ship, and you are 18 years old, it means you will be the first one of the boat as it rolls on the beach.  We have all seen those movies.  Three days before they were to land in Japan, the United States dropped "The Bomb."  Fortunately my father never had to get off that ship.

 
As I drove around town today, I noticed all the flags.  It is a small gesture, but a poignant one.  Janice and I wanted to honor our fathers, who both are veterans, and send a thank you to all those veterans and current military who serve us.



THANK YOU!!!


4 comments:

Vanasa said...

I know what your dad means by "how will they know I am a veteran?" I went to Applebees with my husband today for free veterans lunch and they kept talking to him instead of me. People are really shocked when I tell them I am a veteran but I don't regret it for a minute. Tell your dad Thanks for paving the way!

cinnyk12 said...

Thanks to both of your dad's for serving in the military, and defending this country. Amen to both of them, and all of our veterans.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Tell you Dad thank you for all of us :-)

Karen said...

I am sure glad your dad didn't have to get off the boat. I love your dad, tell him Hi from me. I love checking in to your blog from time to time, it keeps me feeling connected! Love you,
Karen