Veteran

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During a trip visiting my mother and her husband , I had the pleasure of going to the Air Force  Enlisted Heritage Institute.  It is a state attraction.  Civilians are educated at this museum on the history of the air power of the Air Force.  We had hardly walked in the door when my step-dad Roy was greeted like a rock star.  He is a retired WWII  veteran and Stalag 17 POW.  His plane was shot down and he was captured by enemy forces for almost two years in 1942.

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Spending time with Roy I am reminded how much he means to me.  He is also a wonderful husband for my mother.  The military has called upon him many times for  celebrations honoring war veterans as himself.  He has attended the White House by invitation only and has spoken at numerous events.  One such event was with the Joint Chief of Staffs who are senior leaders to the Defense of our country.

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On this recent visit, it was evident to me that Roy’s health had diminished.  I decided to stay an extra week.  I am glad I did as we had a wonderful time visiting.   One forgets that he is 95 years old.  Yet time stands still as I find myself so appreciative.   The day will come when this hero will be gone.  Today on Veteran’s Day,  I celebrate this man with you because he embodies what we must instill in all of us.  It is a love for our military personnel.  We should honor  all who have served, but today I thank Roy McGinnis.  He is my hero and I love him.

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Photo credit: Alesiablogs

 

15 thoughts on “Veteran

  1. Laila

    A wonderful tribute to your step dad. I am glad you got to spend time with him and your mom.
    A big thanks to Roy for his service and a thank you to you too Alesia!
    😊❤️ Laila

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  2. Darlene Craviotto

    Lovely story and the photos are terrific too. Have you sat your stepdad down and interviewed him – done an oral history about his wartime experiences? I did that with my Dad and it was such a worthwhile special time between my Dad and me. I’m so glad that we did that. I highly recommend it.

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    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Thank you Darlene. Yes . His story has been told by many and is included in many write ups. He has always said I could write his story. He actually has an entire area dedicated to him at this museum we went to. I have written other blogs posts that you can get more information. I think if you search through my older posts back a year or more you will find a nice write up or two on him. Let me know and I can send the articles if you can not find them. BTW- enjoyed your book. I read it with conjunction with my trip visiting the missions near Monterrey. Wonderful and inspiring.

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