As we celebrate this Memorial Day, memories of those that are all around us connected in many ways by those in our families that served in the Military fighting the good fight for our Freedoms and luxuries we take forgranted at times. We honor them this day those that are no longer with us that served and may have given their lives on the battlegrounds of war or from injuries from the war.
When I look back on my dad’s family it was a time of enlistment my dad joined the Navy at 15 years old and had his mother sign for him to get into the Navy even though the enlistment age was 18 he got in and sent back some of his pay to help his mother out since his dad had passed away. All my dad’s brothers served in the military it was a way of life, and out of my 4 brothers 3 served in different branches. My husbands dad also served in the Navy, and we know the old sayings, we heard them everyday as our fathers who are no longer with us, the sayings stay strong in our character and our thoughts.
We grew up as Military kids and got used to the sayings of ship up or ship out, they weren’t joking..we tried to push the limits at times but we knew what we really couldn’t get away with or found out very quickly. A place for everything and everything in its place, or ship shape, they weren’t kidding either, they would inspect themselves to our rooms as if we were their own little military kids, we learned what teamwork meant. Boy we learned fast the discipline of taking care of our things that money didn’t grow on trees and learned chow time, or time to hit the head.
Dad was in 3 active duty war times, he never spoke about it, but he was a proud Navy Career man with 30 years under his belt and he showed us what dedication to work was and we all knew that mom was our buffer when dad was on the war path.
We were never abused but had expections to be and make the best of ourselves not to rely on anyone else but us, if he could do it so could we. Don’t go buy new stuff just because, since if it ain’t broke you don’t replace it. Dad was a loving man who held a hard exterior at times so he could be firm, but would silently cry like a baby if we watched a touching show on tv or he was concerned about his children, of course mom only saw that. Sometimes I think she was the tough one, they really worked together as partners and as you know with kids each being so different it is a on the job training.
My mom and dad had 4 boys and myself that were raised in our household. We all left home relatively early since if dad could do it so could we and we were given our roots and wings to learn to fly. Thank you all for your service to our country and those that have sacrificed their lives for us. We will never forget. Thank you Dad and my father-in-law, for you are the ones that we have in memory today along with countless Uncles and Great Grandfathers, and our neighbors and friends and families and others who have served and given of themselves for our freedom.