I’m taking a day away from talking about knitting but I’ll be back on Monday with another tutorial.
Those of you who know me know that my Dad was a vet. He was a Staff Sergeant in the Army, fought in World War II and was a prisoner of war in Germany.
I can’t even imagine what he went through, all before he was 25 years old. As he would say, well before I was even a twinkle in his eye.
He didn’t talk much about his time in the service and I only remember two things that he said about when he was a POW. He said he learned that smoking was very bad for you and it was very cold there because the nails on his toes turned permanently grey/black and thick.
I do know that when he was released and returned to the States, the army brought him to Atlantic City to recuperate and he said he had a great time. He smiled about that time. Smirked even.
He never said a bad thing about being in the army, although I’m guessing he endured a lot of things. I’m so very grateful for his contribution and it mustn’t have been all bad because I’ve had 7 other members of my family in the military (and 3 of them joined voluntarily).
If you have a vet in your life, make sure you let them know how important they are to you. Give them a hug. And if they’ve passed on, make sure you think of them today and know how important their sacrifice has been for all of us.
I like to think that even though I didn’t join the military that some of the values instilled in me through my dad are probably there because of the military. That it made me part of who I am. I’m forever grateful for that.