For the past one hundred years I’ve had four generations of family members serving our country joining the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
At young ages along with fellow soldiers and sailors, they willingly traveled hundreds of miles from their families to serve in Europe, the Pacific and Middle East.
Today on Veteran’s Day, I wish to honor these family members.
At age 22 my grandfather served in the Army during World War I from 1918-1919 and served in Europe.
With World War II going at full strength, my father at age 17 quit high school in 1944 and enlisted in the Navy and traveled to far away countries in the Pacific.
In 1969 during the Viet Nam War my brother at age 20 received a draft notice soon after he was married. He elected to enlist in the Air Force and served from 1969 – 1973 stationed in Morocco, Alaska and Oklahoma.
A niece at age 19 enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1994. Another niece enlisted in the Air Force in 2004 at age 19 enlisted in the Air Force in 2004 during the Iraq War and stationed in Europe, Middle East, South Korea and currently remains in service in the states.
These family members have been an integral part of our U.S. history and it is important to record their stories and memories of the experiences they encountered overseas, how they adjusted emotionally being separated from loved ones and how they dealt with tragic circumstances.
It is essential for you to be interviewing and recording lifestories of family members who are veterans or current soldiers. Pull out your laptop or grab paper and pen and start Keeping Your Memories of them preserved for future generations honoring their service and showing they were valued.
- Where did you serve?
- What unit were you in?
- What did you think of the equipment, food and conditions you lived under as a member of the military?
- What were you trained to do?
- Where were you when the war ended?