This morning, the Dallas City Council joined service men and women to celebrate Veterans Day with a parade in Downtown. We also got to enjoy fighter jet fly over in honor of our military personnel and their sacrifices.
My dad who passed away two years ago was a Marine during the Korean War, and he was famous for his “war stories” — some were funny, some were sad, but all of them revealed my dad’s love for his country and his brother Marines. There was nothing he was more proud of than his service in the United States Marine Corps.
We lost my step-dad Leon earlier this year, and he was a veteran of WWII. At barely seventeen, he lied about his age so he could join the Navy the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He would tear up telling me about his battleship, the U.S.S. Henley, which sank after being attacked by Japanese bombers. In the black of night, that young man tread water slicked with oil while several of his friends lost their lives around him. I can’t imagine experiencing that, much less at such a young age.
We are indebted to these men and women who have put their lives at risk for our liberty. Today, please let a veteran know how much you appreciate their service.