A Day of Remembrance
Today we give thanks to those serving in the military, for those men and women who make, or have made, many sacrifices for our country every day. It is also a time to remember those who are no longer with us who also served.
Today I thank my father who served for 31 years in the Navy, who in spite of the little time he had to spend with his family because he was out to sea for 3 months at a time on a nuclear submarine, provided for his family with such meager pay, made time to help us with our studies even though he never finished the fourth grade, took the time to teach us how to swim the waters of Hawaii, made homemade cinnamon buns and fresh donuts on Sundays, danced with my mother in the kitchen as my brother, sister, and I merrily watched, kept the house in working order, taught my sister and I how to do the calypso, painted Christmas scenes on the window, showed us how to make a kite, baited our hooks so he could teach us how to fish, showed me how to tool leather, change the oil in the car, fill the radiator, change a tire–all this and more when he was only home for several weeks out of the year.
To my father, my uncles, and cousins who served–we will never forget your service.