Both of my grandfathers fought or participated in World War II. My maternal grandfather was a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force, stationed in Malta and England, and my paternal grandfather was a mechanic for the Chinese air force stationed in Vietnam. My paternal grandfather doesn't talk about it very often, but my Grandpa, my mom's dad, collected tons of books about the war and his mosquito planes. I remember that the walls of his study were hung with black and white photographs of the men and women he served with in the war. Once he showed me his log book, but I was too young to understand what it meant. He died less than a year ago, but I remember that he would always get down around this time of year, thinking about the friends he lost during the war and all his friends who had died since then. So I think about him now, and I hope that by telling my children one day about the bravery and courage that those men and women had, to go and risk their lives and give their lives to buy peace for us all... well... I hope that he would be proud.
So, if you know any veterans or soldiers, regardless of your political views, please just tell them thanks. I wish I had told my grandpa more while he was alive.