A Memorial

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor those who have risked their very lives in the service and preservation of freedom. My gramps is one of those whom we honor. A World War II veteran, he served in the army all over Europe and Africa.  He went ahead of the army putting in bridges to make a passable road for the army, which meant he was often sneaking into enemy territory.   Gramps hasn’t ever been one to talk much about  those years. They were fraught with fear, pain, and suffering.  Our family is naturally very proud of Gramps and his years of service not only to this country but also to the cause of freedom throughout the world. As a history teacher, I have often been proud to advertise my grandpa’s part in World War II. When we visited Washington DC a couple years ago, I eagerly purchased him a WWII baseball cap which he took great pride in wearing.  And so it seems strangely fitting that today my precious gramps, at 93 years of age, slipped the surly bonds of his broken body and walked unhindered into the arms of Jesus. A man of integrity, boldness, and courage, he served his country and his God with stalwart devotion.

Today is Memorial Day, and this is my memorial for you, Gramps.

4 Responses to "A Memorial"

  • I’m so sorry for your great loss! Praying for you, my friend!

    1 Shilo said this (May 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm) Reply

  • So sorry to hear about your Grandpa! We will be praying for your Grandma and all of you. Absent from the body and present with the Lord.

    2 Aunt Dona said this (May 28, 2012 at 11:14 pm) Reply

  • Very well written, Tabitha. I know you are rejoicing that your Grandfather is now rejoicing in heaven. I’m looking forward to reading your book, by the way.

    In His love, Dave & Laura Sharp

    3 David Sharp said this (May 29, 2012 at 11:08 am) Reply

  • A wonderful tribute, Tabitha, to a wonderful man. I would just add a comment I can clearly remember hearing George say back in TT during many of those long, extremely hot Spanish church services – “Amen, Amen, Amen!” (In Spanish, of course) Praying for you all. Tom and Lori

    4 tom moore said this (May 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm) Reply

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