Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dear World Of Veterans Past...

Today I honor the heroes.
The past, present and future.

The total number of deaths includes:
9.7 million military personnel and about 6.8 million civilians.

In WWII The total number of deaths:Over 60 million people were killed.

In the Iraq War:
As of May 28, 2010 there were 4,404 dead
and 31,827
wounded in action (WIA).

My Papa
, fought in World War II.
More specifically, he fought in Pearl Harbor.

His ship was the USS Bataan.

He's was awarded several medals.
One of them being the Purple Heart.
My Papa, didn't like discussing the war.
He was a very secluded person when it came to that.
I guess the war was far too much for him to recount to others.

However, when I was a kid, I remember one day
me and Papa were standing near the pool at his old house whenI got up the courage to ask him about the war.
He only told me that he had been shot several times
and in turn awarded the Purple Heart.

He got rid of all things war.
His medals.
His uniform.
His papers.
I guess it hurt too much.

Today is about remembering him.
Remembering his sacrifice.
His life.

Remembering him.
For who he was.
A veteran.
A hero.
My hero.

I miss you, Papa.
And I think about you everyday.

And for all the other veterans who served.
I thank you.


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