Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who serve and have served in our Armed Forces. I believe we are ever aware of how indebted we are to those that take the risks to serve in the Military, and I for one can’t think them enough for their heroic and selfless jobs.
I know a few career military people, my husband’s best friend growing up and best man in our wedding, Jim, is a Naval officer. He attended the Naval Academy and currently serves in Japan. We have friends’ young sons who serve in the Navy and Air Force.
I personally always think of my Dad when thinking of veterans and those who have proudly served. My dad was 18 in 1943, and he was terribly afraid of being drafted to the Army, and so he joined the Navy, because he saw duty on a ship as less frightening then a foot soldier. I’m not sure he’d be happy in my sharing that detail, but it’s true.
My dad got well and went back to San Fransisco to be assigned to a Net Tender the U.S.S. Eider, or as my dad said they called it, the mighty Eider. These net tenders helped in keeping our naval fleet in SF safe. After Pearl Harbor these giant nets were put in the bay to protect from submarines destroying more of our fleet. My dad’s boat helped raise and lower the nets and keep an eye on things. There were guns and ammo on his boat, but thankfully my dad saw no combat type duty. His job……….not so dangerous, the assistant to the cook. My dad began the Navy very skinny, but he filled out during his time on the Eider. He tells stories of all the food he prepared and served, and mostly the food he ate, it always makes us laugh.
I’m always amazed when I hear of the heroic and brave men and women who have served the U.S. I believe I’m in awe always of my father’s generation, and how they saw it as their duty and privilege to serve. Our country has had our ups and downs with wars and conflicts in my generation, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, and I thank God for each of those men and women who have helped in each and every way to keep us safe.
If you know someone serving, or if you know a Vet, call them, email them or give them a hug today. I’ve already told my dad today how much I love and appreciate him!