I just put the two US flags out a little while ago and also flew them Saturday and Sunday. In a couple hours we're off to Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, for the annual parade.
A big thanks to all our veterans because "Freedom Ain't Free." It was and is their service that keep the baddies away from our doors. This especially hits home now as we lose so many of the "Greatest Generation," those who lived through the Great Depression and World War II. We still have one World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, alive. And we just lost the oldest Medal of Honor winner, World War II veteran Joe Finn (see the May 28th Dead Page entry in http://cootershistorything.blogspot.com).
I was happy to see one branch of service that never gets much attention for what they did in World Wars I and II, the US Merchant Marine, is at long last getting credit. Member Louis LePan, 83, today will serve as the first-ever grand marshal for Saginaw, Michigan's annual Memorial Day parade. (See today's Cooter entry for his story.)
Merchant Mariners had the dubious job of transporting supplies through enemy submarine-infested waters so the troops could carry on the fight. Those serving on ammunition and tanker ships were at particularly dangerous station.
About Time. --RoadDog
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