Monday, November 11, 2013
Three veteran Dads. On the left and right, SWMBO’s father and stepfather; in the center, my father.
It’s Veteran’s Day. Have you hugged a veteran today?
We have a number to choose from here at Chez Elisson, although in all too many cases the hugs must be at a remove. For some, physical distance gets in the way; for others, the fact that the veteran in question no longer walks this planet.
My daddy, Eli hizzownself, served in World War II in the Pacific theatre - Army.
SWMBO’s daddy - gone 27 years now, alas - was in the Navy, stationed in Oahu at the end of the war. Her stepfather served with the U.S. Army in Europe. She herself is named for a cousin who was the first Korean War casualty from Tarrant County, Texas.
My late uncle Phil also fought in Europe. He carried most of his war stories to the grave, having shared only a selected few with one of his grandsons... but at least he came back in one piece.
Uncle Phil, of blessèd memory.
I guess I could always hug my buddy Gary, who served in Vietnam.
All of the freedoms we so easily take for granted here in the United States - including the freedom to disagree with the people who run things or who would like to do so - are ours to enjoy because people were willing to put themselves in harm’s way to defend them. All who served deserve our deepest thanks...
...along with first-class medical care and a place to live out their final days in dignity. Not too much to ask, is it?