Veterans Day

November 11, 2009 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

My childhood could have been very different if my dad had stayed in the Army.  He joined ROTC to help pay for college.  This was in the 1960s and by the time he graduated, the situation in Vietnam had significantly escalated.  Be married my mom, graduated and went off to basic training all in a span of a few months.  He left for Vietnam on his birthday in 1969 and came home one year later.  He then decided to leave the Army.

My dad had intended to be career Army, but his experience in Vietnam changed his mind.  The only time he every talked about his experience there was on Veterans Day.  He would put out the flag and tell one or two of the same three stories every year.  These were not combat tales; they were stories of water buffalos and beer.

I am remembering my dad today and telling his stories to my son, establishing a tradition to help him get to know the grandfather he will never know  I would like to wish a Happy Veterans Day to all of the men and women who serve, or have served, our country and offer my gratitude.

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