A couple of years ago the girls had to make a video for school. I don’t remember the class they were taking-maybe history? Anyway, the video was to honor those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States.
The girls found most of the photos they used online via the Library of Congress, the rest of the photos came from my personal collection. At the time the girls were making the video, Paul was laying down tracks for his and Pap’s Songs of Christmas cd. We were all mesmerized by the music he came up with for the traditional Christmas carol We Three Kings.
Somehow the girls realized the music fit the photo video they were compiling perfectly so they used it for the soundtrack to their video.
Even though I’ve watched the video at least a hundred times, it still pulls at my heart strings. Of course I have no idea who most of the people are. Many of the unknown faces seem to look deep into your soul.
Then there’s the photos I do recognize: Pap in his Marine Dress Blues; Papaw Tony hamming it up with his buddies; Uncle Henry standing somewhere in Vietnam; LC looking so unbelievably young and handsome; JC giving out the same easy smile he has today; Harvey looking way to young to have been in uniform; the Ace of Spades someone stuck in the moving wall memorial when it was in Murphy for a fallen Marine; and the copy of the telegram Miles H. Nelson’s mother received notifying her of his death also left at the moving wall memorial when it visited Murphy.
Our minds typically go to the ultimate sacrifice given by those who serve on Memorial Day as it should, but every person who serves sacrifices in some manner for the good of the country as do their families.
Pap was drafted and he ended up being a Marine because his last name was at the end of the alphabet. He has fond memories of his time served, that’s where he really began to play the guitar in a more serious manner. He also has memories of tough times during his service. Pap had Malaria during his time spent in South America and still credits a quick thinking Navy Corpsman with saving his life.
Although Pap was on hazardous duty he did not fight in any skirmishes or wars and he’ll be the first to tell you those who did are the ones who deserve the honor and praise.
Pap’s service was before Vietnam and after Korea. There was some sort of unrest going on at the time of his discharge and the big day was put off for a year. Pap said at the time he thought nothing had ever been so unfair in his whole life. He was all set to get back to the real world and home, then he was forced to stay.
All these years later he counts that extra time as God looking out for his future because it ensured his health care would be taken care of by the VA. Pap has used that as a learning lesson for me more than once. Sometimes even things that are really tough on you will turnout to be a blessing years down the road.
I am beyond thankful to all who’ve sacrificed serving in the Armed Forces of The United States of America.