A passage from a yellowed letter I found in a dusty family trunk brought profound insight into my father’s adventurous, outgoing and fun-loving personality. He had sent it from Pearl Harbor, shortly after the bombing.
“When you realize your life’s very likely about to end and there’s nothing you can do to prevent that from happening, an immediate change takes place within you; inexplicably you resign yourself to that end and begin to take whatever action seems appropriate to fight back with no regard for the consequences.” He had written, “Some people mistake that for bravery but I just don’t see it that way.”
The unhesitating bravery of my father’s generation once saved the world but we owe just as much respect and thanks to every courageous veteran since.
Enjoy your Veterans Day holiday on Monday, but don’t forget to pay proper tribute to our honorably serving veterans - heroes all, whether they think of themselves in those terms or not.