Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is the day we remember all servicemen and women who have served valiantly to defend our country and its constitution.
My dad, seen in this picture taken after he returned, served in France and Italy during World War II. My dad was a teenager when he left for the war. Growing up in a farming community in Kiowa County, OK, he hadn’t seen much of the US before he was drafted into the war.
Unfortunately, he saw “too much” during WWII, to the point that I don’t remember him ever talking about the war. Now that my dad has died, I only have the stories that older family members can share and those are too few indeed.
As I have gotten older, I have a desire to know more about my family roots. My dad’s family has been traced, thus far, back to Ireland and the Connaught region in the mid 1600’s. I am planning a trip there for September if all goes well.
Today, though, is for remembering men and women like dad who have fought and served our nation well. If you have served thank you for making great sacrifices for our country.