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.
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.
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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