Sunday, November 20, 2011


Recently I spent a lovely week visiting with my father in Pennsylvania. At 90 (closing in on 91), it's wonderful to see how well he's doing. He complains that he can't do what he used to, but personally I'm glad he hired somebody this year to climb up on the roof of his two story house and blow the leaves out of the gutter.

I happened to be there for Veteran's Day which started with a visit to the local elementary school for a program honoring our servicemen past and present. The precious little girl next door had asked him to come.

Then we went to Applebees for their free meal for veterans. I never saw so many old guys in one place. I guess the young ones were at work. The waitress gave my father a cute card made by a student in one of the other elementary schools. We got a charge out of it.

Not to embarrass him, but here's my very handsome father in 1943 when he joined the army.

What I didn't know until fairly recently was that he was in the second wave to land on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day. I simply can't imagine my kind and gentle father going through that horror and I guess that's why he never talked about it. If it wasn't for France deciding to give a medal to all the servicemen who were involved, I probably would never have known. Here's the medal and nice accompanying letter.

I always say my father lives on the side of a mountain, although when Ron saw it, he asked, "Where's the mountain?" Hey! These are the grand old Appalachians, not the upstart Rockies! We admired this colorful sunset through the living room window.

And to backtrack even more, we received this picture of Ron's granddaughter Shannon in her Halloween costume. She decided what she wanted to be and her mother made it happen.

I promise this is the last Halloween picture, but this is Shannon last year. Cute, huh?


  1. What a dashingly handsome fellow he IS... a Hero to all of us!!
    WOW what unique costumes--

  2. It is great that you visit your father and salute him with this testimonial. I hope he has a computer that will allow him to stay in touch with you during your travels.

  3. Hmmm ... that looks like a nice bowl of spaghetti and meatballs!

    It seems those who've fought in WWII don't like to talk about it much; my uncle was that way. We salute your dad.

  4. You must pass on my personal thanks to your father for his service to our country. Because of men like him, I get to enjoy the freedoms of this country. Thank you can never be enough but it is all I can do.

  5. That Shannon has quite an imagination! Who would think of being a bowl of spaghetti for Halloween?!?!? You got more out of Daddy than I ever did. He told me he arrived at Normandy late in the afternoon.

  6. Your dad is a giant in the Greatest Generation. A true hero. Even with all the study I've done on the Normandy invasion, I can't begin to imagine the horrors he went through.

    Please offer our thanks and debt of gratitude to him.