Memorial Day

Roadside Gully, Nevada copyright 2007 Douglas Stockdale

It is Memorial Day here in the U.S., a day we set aside to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in what they believed in. Traditionally this day is about those who perished in war and in many ways, about those who survived the war to come back another day to honor those who did not. We also use this day to remember others who have passed on.

My father was a an army vet of War World II in the Europen theater, first Africa then his arrival in Europe on the second day after D-day. He did not discuss his experiences much. He was pulled out of the brig for D-day, was hospitalized by a half-track roll-over accident in Africa, and became a cook in order to get some decent food. We all heard these stories more than once, but usually not too much more. He did not like the war, but it had to be done and he knew he was lucky to come back alive. He has since passed on, so today, I remember and honor him.

Best regards, Doug

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