A Post from the Past
|Papaw’s Flag Outside of our Home|
We can trace the legacy of service in my husband’s family back to the Civil War but alas there is no photographic evidence, so I will start with the man who was/is so near and dear to my heart…
My husband’s Papaw…isn’t he dashing?! He served valiantly on the USS Mills for three years during WWII. And he loved to remind us regularly… i.e every time we were together.. how often he traveled across the ocean on this Coast Guard destroyer. I will now list it for posterity…once across the Pacific and 14 times across the Atlantic!
As most women across the world can attest to, we often wonder would I have the strength to watch my husband or son leave our family to serve his country. Today, there are cell phones, internet connections, webcams. But when Papaw left, there were very few ways to communicate that everyone was ok. You would have to wait, and pray, and wait, and pray and hope for a letter. I want to honor Mamaw Bessie for her strength. I would love to think I could be that strong living in the unknown…but I wonder could I?
Papaw Ray never lost an ounce of love for his country. He was the most patriotic man I knew. He had more flags, military and coast guard mementos than his room could hold. His pride swelled with the knowledge that his son-in-law (my father-in-law) would also be serving his country.
|My handsome dad-in-law|
|Be still my heart!|
who left college when his country asked him to, to serve during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Who has served his country in one form or another his entire adult life….he belongs to me. And I am so thankful that I can always know where he is and how to reach him…thank you God for modern technology!
|Three Patriots! 4th of July Service|
So here stands three of the most patriotic men I know. They all have/are serving their country. However one may feel about the current state of America, it’s still a country worth sacrificing for.
And, when Papaw passed away on a 4th of July(!) and we laid him to rest, I wondered would the little boy on the left serve his country this same way, someday…
|Michael (on left) at Cadet Leadership Course
North Georgia University
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