June 06, 2004
d-day, plus 60 years
I stole the logo from this guy. I don't think he'll mind. Go read his post and think about those numbers.
My father was 16 years old when WWII ended. He told me that he almost cried because he didn't get the chance to go fight for his country. But he DID participate in scrap-metal drives, help hoe a Victory Garden, learn to swap ration tickets and watch sadly and silently when a government vehicle pulled up to a neighbor's house to deliver a telegram--- while every family in the neighborhood with a son in uniform watched and prayed that the car would not stop at THEIR house.
Times sure have changed since then. I don't know that we, as a nation, have the stomach for that kind of fight anymore. We have too many pacifists, appeasers, spineless gas-bags and America-haters in our midst today. They don't realize that the heroic efforts of people 60 years ago ensured their right to show their asses in anti-war protests and barf out dumbass speeches today.
That's a sad fact.
I believe that everyday kind of sacrifice like you Dad made was what made us a Country to be proud of. War *melted* us together. My Dad was an Irish emigrant who served in the US Army, from then on he was an American. Everyone was involved in some way, just like a family..when you work together it draws you closer and makes you stronger. I was hoping a similar reaction from 911 and I haven't lost hope yet.
Sounds like your dad and mine were about the same age. Though mine was *drafted* in 52 and served in the Air Force (in alaska no less). Both mom and dad told us stroies not only of the depression, but growing up during WWII as well. They told of the scrap drives, the saving of grease (in coffee cans- which mom still did up to just a few years back), the food and gas rationing.
Had a Great Uncle in the Marines (wonded in the Pacific) and one in the Army in Europe with Pattons 8th army (I think) He saw the concentration camps first hand....did not talk about that .
What was amazing to me is they felt it was the right thing to do and none of the current day moral delema of the left was ever an issue back then. Your country called you answered it was as simple as that. Honorable men doing the honorable thing. I hope I was a good enough father to pass that on to my boys.