it has been over seven months since i posted last. That is ridiculous! Not that more than two people read this, I guess I better get better at it.
So much for that...
Mystical? Good luck day? I hope so, but it is an important day on its own.
Veteran's Day, 2011
My grandfather was a veteran- World War I, believe it or not. He never saw combat, because the great influenza epidemic of 1917-18 saved him, in a way. He got sick in France and was in hospital there until the war was over. The story of how he got sick to begin with is comical, but it also saved his life, even though he was so sick he hardly thought so at the time.
His unit arrived in France and went to a small town, where they were given the "night off" to go to the local tavern and such. Apparently, some of the soldiers were a little forward with the local talent and the constable was called in. The sergeant asked who had been drinking; Buddy, my grandpa responded with , "well, I has a little wine..." Everyone who had been drinking were arrested. The jail was to small to hold them, so they were herded, no pun intended, into a sheep pen, where they spent the night. It was cold and many of them caught cold from being in the cold night air. Buddy caught cold and it turned into flu. Th rest of them went on to serve I think at the Argonne. At any rate, Buddy came back with two pieces of advice: never volunteer for ANYTHING, and don't own up to everything if it will keep you out of a sheep pen. I have manage to stay out of sheep pens, but the volunteer thing, well...
My uncle, Buddy's son, volunteered during World War II. He was just 19 when he died in a training mission. He was a good looking kid who my son resembles sometimes.
None of my father's brothers or my father served in the military, but were all proud Americans. Only one of my cousins served- it was during Vietnam and he survived.
These are only a few stories! THANK A VET this Friday for their service to our country and keeping us free. Pray for the soldiers who are serving now and thank them as well for their service to our great nation.