Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Veteran's Day, A personal reflection
My late Grandfather Watis served during Wold War II but was lucky enough to not see direct combat but came home a changed man.
My wife Beth was born after the war but her father Max served in World War II. He was in direct conflict as a tail gunner on a B24 based in Great Britain. He missed one mission because of illness. His crew mates took off that day on that mission and never returned. Their plane was shot down over Europe and all perished. He was discharged from his service obligations sometime later, never to go on a flight again. None of us can imagine the anguish he felt from this loss and the suffering he went through. He was just one of many who left a piece of themselves when they returned from their duty for our country.
As you go through your day today, I'm sure most of you will take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices made by many to provide us our way of life and the freedom that we have been given. Luckily, many who serve come back home to their families. We thank you for your sacrifice and the sacrifice your families have made while you were gone!