Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Grateful

Grandpa Bang

Today is Veteran's Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Australia and Canada. (The U.K. observed the same on Sunday.) This is a picture of my grandfather, Eldon L. Bangerter, who served in Europe during World War II. I use to call Grandpa Bang every Veteran's Day to thank him for his service and sacrifice. He passed away in 2006, so this is the best I can do now.

To all of our men and women in uniform, past and present, thank you for standing on the front lines and ensuring our domestic tranquility. I hope one day we won't require your services because we'll live in peace and harmony, but until then, I am grateful. Thank you.

10 comments:

marley said...

Lovely personal post today. We owe these brave men and women, past and present, our freedom.

Bob Crowe said...

That's a wonderful, expressive photo. Your grandfather looks like a man with a vibrant personality. We share your thoughts about the meaning of the day.

Arlene said...

For me - this was the most impactful photo I've seen on your blog! I applaud your post & tribute to GP Bang. You were always the favorite grandchild - it is no wonder why!

Dusty Lens said...

Excellent post! I wonder about their stories they experienced during those times.

Maya said...

That is lovely. What a nice tribute!

D.C. Confidential said...

Marley: Yes, we do.


Bob: Vibrant is one way to describe Grandpa's personality. Colorful is another! I can think of very few times where he was smiling and cheering us all up.


Arlene: I think we were all his favorites! I know he certainly thought the world of you and John. I always thought you were his favorites! ;-)


Rob: I wish I knew more of Grandpa's stories. Like so many veterans of WWII, I think he saw and experienced things he didn't want to pass on because they were so horrific.


Maya: Thanks! Grandpa was a nice guy, so it's easy to pay tribute.

Virginia said...

What a grand tribute to Grandpa Bang. Here here!

babooshka said...

Excellent post well said.

Lori said...

very thoughtful :)

b.c. said...

that's such a nice photo of your grandpa, and such a great tribute too