Thank you for the kind words and reminder of the reason for the holiday.
Both my Maternal and Paternal grandfathers enlisted for WWI. My father and
stepfather were both Korean War veterans, 4 of 7 uncles served in the armed
forces, and 2 of my male cousins and I have all served or are serving. Each
of us is at least a third generation veteran.
I met a young man while in line to renew my license plate tabs who was
walking with obvious difficulty, using 2 canes. I noticed his t-shirt,
which mentioned a Military Police unit and asked if he had been injured
"Over There." He told me that he had been wounded by an improvised landmine
and that the doctors had expected him to be wheelchair bound. "I have
proved them wrong so far and will keep on going," he said. I thanked him
for his service and received the response that I usually receive from our
young warriors: "No Problem!"
Grandpa taught me many things, respect for the symbols of our Nation being
high among them. He passed from the Earth some 40 years ago, but his
lessons are still with me. I hope that I am passing them along to my sons
My thanks to all my brothers in arms, past, present and future. God Bless
us, one and all!
Frederick Fenters, formerly SP4, USARMY (1974-1977)
Behalf Of Carolus
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:54 AM
To: List - SCA Masonic; Caid Mail List; SCA Archery Mail List;
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Veteran's day
To those who may get this more than once, my apologies, I want as
many as possible to see this.
In France at 11 Am local time on this day 97 years ago the guns of
August finally fell silent, My grandfather's brother was there, but
we will never know where for he was in a shell hole when an enemy
shell also arrived. All I will ever know of him is a photo and a
Purple Heart. I pause each year at this time to remember not only
those who passed, but those who lived through that hell and all the
other small hells of battle. I also think carefully on those still
serving and how much I owe to them. If you are one of those who
served, THANK YOU. If you are still serving, be safe, come home, and
know if I see you in uniform I will say thank you again.
Happy Veteran's day seems rather a silly phrase, but I hope it does
mean that our thoughts and prayers will mean that there are happy veterans.
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