I am so proud to be an American. There’s no place on earth I would want to be on a permanent basis. And yet I know the freedom that I enjoy didn’t come without a precious price.
Our soil is stained with the blood, sweat and tears of so many brave soldiers. Many others had to leave family and friends to answer the call of duty. One such man was my father.
As a newlywed of 8 months he enlisted in the Reserve Corp on September 11, 1942. He was called into active duty on April 13, 1943. His initial training took place in Ogden, Utah and Fort Dix, New Jersey. He then spent time in Europe. He recalls seeing the Coliseum but it had been bombed out so it was hard to appreciate its beauty. It was also a reminder that a war was going on.
My father was an Aviation Engineer who worked with the Air Force. He was in charge of setting up the electrical work for his unit. Part of his job involved climbing poles to set up lights. He always carried a gun because there were stray enemies who would shoot if given the opportunity.
He sustained some war injuries but counts himself blessed to have survived. And like so many soldiers he saw several of his comrades killed or injured. He was released on December 6, 1946.
After serving his country he came back home and raised a large family. My siblings and I were taught the importance of having love and respect for others. From him we developed a strong work ethic. He raised us to be confident, not cocky. He told us we were not superior to anyone, but we definitely were not inferior either. We were encouraged to get good grades in school and be good citizens in society.
In about 4 months he will reach the age of 90 years. I know of the blessing he has been to me. I know I would not be the person I am today without the loving guidance of him and my beloved mother.
Dad, you have always been my hero and always will be.
And because of this, I honor and salute you on this Veterans Day. You deserve to be recognized for your service to our country.
Your loving and appreciative daughter, Lee
SOURCE: Personal experience