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Do you have any veterans in your life you’ll honor on Memorial Day?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 27, 2012

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Photo of Beth Kelley

“We’re going to a family reunion, where we’ll go to a cemetery with uncles who were in World War II and my dad, who was in Korea.”

Photo of Mike Fritch

“I have a cousin who is a Vietnam veteran.”

Photo of Kathy Fritch

“My dad was in the Navy in World War II.”

Photo of Nan Whalen

“My dad was in the Navy.”


RiverCityConservative 1 year, 10 months ago

I would also like to pay tribute to those Americans who have been brave enough to protest our involvement in foreign military campaigns which were of debatable value or import to this country. I honor my older brother, who courageously filed as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War era, and my younger brother, who bravely filed as a conscientious objector for religious reasons when registering his name for selective service in a time of peace. I am as proud of my brothers for their resistance to serve as I am of my father, both grandfathers, and many uncles who served. Every one of them did their part to protect and preserve our democracy. Thank God for them all.


g_rock 1 year, 10 months ago

My favorite sailor, my Dad! I think that he had someone watching over him and mom yesterday after a crazy car crash that they walked away from but probably shouldn't have. It would have changed the entire meaning of my Memorial Day weekend.

Be careful out there, everyone!


smitty 1 year, 10 months ago

My father never talked about the war(II). He never served in the military. Not long before his death I asked him to tell me why he didn't serve in the military. Dad was embarrassed to talk. Senior Smitty was not allowed to join the military and was still in great personal pain over his friends and family who never returned from WWII alive.

Smitty was the foreman at the National Battery factory between Lansing and Leavenworth. A job that was so vital to the national efforts that the US gov required he stay and make batteries to support the war. Dad's take on not being allowed to fight the war...He was forced to stay home to make batteries for the soldiers while his friends and family were shot and/or killed. Senior Smitty carried that pain for all those years without ever openly sharing it until asked by his child not long before he died at an old age.

Everyone contributed to WWII efforts.

Mr. & Mrs. Smitty carefully used their the ration stamps. They cut out the toes of their children's shoes to get a few more months of use for our growing feet. When there was no money or ration stamps for gasoline or even any gasoline available....Mr and Mrs Smitty used kerosene in the old coup for those few carefully planned trips. That made him laugh to tell about how the car sputtered and blew volumes of dark smoke.

The Smith tradition on Memorial day was an annual family reunion picnic at the Bethel, Mo church grave yard. As that generation passed on, sadly, we no longer hold that family reunion.


grammaddy 1 year, 10 months ago

Grandfather in WW2, Dad and his brother in Korea, Mom's brothers in VietNam,Many friends from the Gulf War and a few friends' kids served in Iraq and now Afghanistan. Lots of service in this family,although I never allowed mine to even speak to a recruiter. I find the idea of war barbaric and I think we should have evolved more as a society. War is not good for children and other living things.


Bill Lee 1 year, 10 months ago

My dad was in the army. My mom was in the navy, as was my brother. My family has worn the uniforms of this country since before it was a country. My parents both served in WWII, and Dad returned to service for Korea. He stayed in until his death. He was one of the first volunteers for Viet Nam, but died before he could go. My brother did three tours in Viet Nam.


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