Friday, November 11th is Veterans Day.
This U. S. holiday is meant to honor and thank all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard we give a big salute!
My father was in the Army and my grandfather in the Navy. My grandfather was actually on the Navy ship that captured the German U-505 submarine during WWII. The story he would tell of that was exciting and scary. It must have been very dangerous at the time, but he loved it. I also remember him telling about how once in a while they would get a break and they would all lay on the deck enjoying the sun.
A radio controller in the Navy.
Grandpa’s job was doing Morse code and we loved it when he would talk in code. Did you know that you can speak Morse Code? Well, you can. We would ask him to say something and he would rattle off, “Dit – Dah – Dit – Dit – Dah”. I have no idea what I just said, but it was so much fun at the time!
Serving in Oklahoma.
My dad was lucky enough to serve in Oklahoma, and somehow became the colonel’s driver. No kidding! The colonel even sent Christmas cards to my dad for many years after he was out. That probably explains why he loves to go for a drive so much and never gets lost.
I have great respect for the men and women who have fought and served in our country from the War for Independence to the present. They have sacrificed. Their families have sacrificed. We have freedom because of them.
So for today, this week, and on Veterans Day, remember our veterans. Pray for their safety and for their families. We owe them so much more than that.
“Do nothing out of selfishness or empty conceit,
but with humility of mind
regard one another as more important than yourselves;
do not merely look out for your own personal intersests,
but also for the interests of others.”