Today is Veteran's Day, take sometime to remember those who have served for us. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of my grandfather who serviced in the AirForce. He passed away when I was a year old from Leukemia, more than likely a result from agent orange, which was used to kill the thick vegetation during the Vietnam War. I wasn't able to know him, but boy do I feel like I do! I've heard so many stories from my grandmother and family.
He was a bit of a rascal (that's the nice way of putting it)! He was 6'5 and looked like a movie star! In the AirForce he traveled all over the world. He had more hobbies than I could list here! When he was very sick with cancer and I was only a year old, he realized I didn't have a rocking chair. So he went out to his work shop and built me one - right then, sick and everything!! He has a super hero status in my mind.
Oh and he was amazing talented in wood working (something he passed on to my dad - along with his super heroness ;))! These photos are from Vietnam, this is what he did to pass the time. Last Christmas I took all his slides from my grandmother's house and used a slide scanner to put them on a DVD for my family (there were thousands of slides). Slides on flickr.
You know who we should also remember today - the spouses of the Vets! My Nanny raised 3 kids while my grandfather was overseas! How crazy would that be?! She's a real super hero! I've asked her how she did it and she just says, "You do what you have to and everything turned out great!"
Thank you Papaw and thank you Nanny!