Today, Americans are celebrating Veterans Day and honoring all who have served in the U.S. military. The date November 11 marked the end of World War I in 1918, and people in many countries mark the day as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, remembering those who fought in that Great War. In the U.S., in 1954 President Eisenhower formally designated November 11 as the day to honor all military veterans in the U.S.
I am especially proud of my dad who served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army and was part of the occupation forces in Japan after World War II.
During the Cold War era he was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. This photo was taken in 2007 when Dad was almost 80 years old. (He now is 87 and still looks much younger than his age.) He is standing in the Freedom Garden of the Northeast Georgia History Center.
The Freedom Garden is a living tribute to all American veterans, and includes a Circle of Honor which recognizes local veterans by name and includes their military rank, branch of service and years in service. This information is inscribed on granite pillars that are titled by wars and periods of history. There are also special pillars for groupings of family members that served whether in the same or different periods of service.
Dad made sure his name and the names of his two brothers were inscribed on a pillar. Sadly my Uncle William, the youngest of the three, has passed away. But the eldest, my Uncle Millard, is living in Illinois with his daughter.
Here, in a photo also taken a few years ago, is Dad with his older brother.
Recently, I came across this video which was created for Veterans Day 2008. I like it because it also honors our women in the military.
Happy Veterans Day, Dad and Uncle Millard! I am grateful for your service to our country.