a special guest

My boys will have a special guest at school today. My father will sit with them on stage, as their elementary school honors Veterans at an all-school assembly.  Their grandfather served in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1969, stationed with the 27th Surgical Hospital in Chu Lai on the South China Sea.  {A world away from our little rock.}  My dad brought along a scrapbook filled with pictures taken during his tour of duty.  As we looked through it and listened to the stories, I had a deep appreciation of the moment.  You could see it on my son’s face.  He was taking in every word, every picture, and storing them away.  There is a deeper, personal understanding of war, history and service.  It really is a precious gift.

My dad is a very humble man.  He certainly is not one to boast.  In his mind, he simply served in the military just as his father and brothers did before him.  He deserves to be honored and it is certain that I will be beaming with pride when my oldest son introduces his grandfather as his distinguished Veteran.

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