To the Veterans, We Thank All of You!
We give thanks to all of the men and women who bravely served our country. To the WatchBlog contributors and readers who have served for “US” we would also like to say “Thank you!” How humble and grateful all these brave men and women make us feel to live in the beautiful USA.
Thank you, veterans. Thank you so very, very much!
Posted by liz at November 11, 2016 6:52 PM
Well said liz. The president had some fine comments today at Arlington National Cemetery.
I just wanted to add a special thanks to Watchblog’s veterans for providing insight into our world that I never got growing up. My Dad got deferments to avoid fighting in Vietnam until he finished his undergraduate degree in 1973, right when the draft ended. His father failed his physical examination during WWII. My maternal grandfather spent most of the WWII era as a refugee, but he did briefly serve in the Dutch Army immediately after the war ended. Regrettably, he predeceased my birth by 15 years, so I never got a chance to learn from him.
One of my uncles was Army infantry in Europe during WWII. He had some Nazi paraphernalia that fascinated me and a few stories he would tell after he had enough beers in his belly.
He was a Wisconsin farm boy before the war and after. His stint in the Army might have been the only time he ever left Wisconsin.
It’s all a matter of perspective. Learning about WWII from the oral history of a veteran colors events differently than learning about it from refugees.