President Bush has proclaimed this week as National Veterans Awareness Week. All Americans are encouraged to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans through ceremonies and prayers.
Just give me an aspirin. I already got a Purple Heart.
(drawing by Bill Mauldin)
My father served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was part of the first wave of American soldiers who went into Japan after the atomic bombs were dropped. He never talked about his war experiences, and he passed away over 20 years ago. But, I remember as a child that he had a book with the collection of drawings by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin. The drawings of GIs Willie and Joe gave voice to the life of a World War II infantryman. It was through these drawings that I obtained an early insight to my father’s unspoken history.
I can not begin to express my appreciation and gratitude to the brave men and women who have served this country over its history. Their courage and dedication to preserve our freedoms are profound. If you would like to learn more about our American heroes, I encourage you to visit a blog that I regularly follow: Airman Mom. Don’t forget to keep a box of tissues handy.