Veterans Day 2017

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Many people in my family have been in the United States military. My husband and I met when we were on active duty. He retired from the military. I got out after we married and had since the Air Force wanted to send me to Korea. My daughter was only six months old.

That daughter went on to join the Army after 9/11 and was stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar as well as stateside. She now works in the private sector doing network security.

My father served in WWII in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific. He and my mother were engaged, but when e came home on a 30-day leave they felt they should get to know each other again! However, they ended up deciding to get married, planned the wedding and married before the end of his 30-day leave. There was even time for a honeymoon!

My husband’s father also was in the military (though I wasn’t able to find a military photo of him). He was stationed at the same base where my daughter was later stationed (Fort Bragg, NC) and was one of the first Army Airborne soldiers. He went on to use the GI Bill to go to college and became a Civil Engineer.

Two of my father’s four brothers also served in WWII. I couldn’t find photos of them in uniform either though I know I have them somewhere. 😦 Dad’s oldest brother was in the Marine Corps in the 1930’s.

My paternal grandfather was in the Spanish-American War in 1900 and stationed in the Philippines in the U.S. Army 5th Cavalry when the soldiers were still on horseback. We do have a photo of him with his unit all on horseback, but it’s not scanned yet.

Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day to honor the U.S. soldiers who died in WWI. Later it expanded to honor all military and also was renamed Veterans Day. I don’t think any of our direct ancestors served in WWI. We do have ancestors who served in other wars and conflicts–U.S. Civil War, War of 1812, possibly the Revolutionary War (on the U.S. side) and perhaps ancestors who served in the military before they came to the United States.

What about you? Does your family have a history of military service? Did any serve in WWI?

Whether or not you or your family ever served in the military remember to honor the military especially the people now serving or veterans still alive who served–especially since 9/11.


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