On the occasion of Veterans Day, I usually post or link to one or two articles honoring our veterans in general, or honoring veterans who have gone that extra mile for our country.
However, I just read the article by our colleague, Ron Beasley, recalling and honoring the World War II service of his father who passed away about eight years ago.
Ron rightly calls his father a hero, and indeed he was and is. His father also belonged to a group of men and women whose number is rapidly shrinking—those who are and were part of “The Greatest Generation.”
But Ron, a veteran himself, downplays his own service and asks us to celebrate his father on this Veterans Day, not him.
Of course we are honoring and celebrating your father’s service, Ron, but please forgive me if I also thank you for your service.
But you are correct, our deepest gratitude and admiration goes to veterans like your father.
In his honor and in honor of so many other veterans who have seen combat or served during war time, I would like to cross-post this third article from the Austin American-Statesman.
I also would like to thank all of our readers who have served our country—for two years or for thirty years—for their service.
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.