Veteran’s Day: Why the Odds Were Against My Existence

If you look at the odds, it’s a miracle I was ever born.

My grandfather witnessed both flags raised at Iwo Jima.

My grandfather was there. Until he told me, I had no idea the flag was raised twice: once "for real", the second time was the photo op.

Both of my grandfathers are veterans of World War II: one in Europe for the army, the other a submariner for the Navy who saw the flag raised at Iwo Jima.

Both were lucky to survive and eventually contribute to creating my parents.

I wrote about both of them and their stories last year, so many of my readers have not read about them.

Please do. Read the post to honor them and share their story.

You will be amazed. Trust me.

Today is Veteran’s Day.

Veteran's Day 11-11-11If you know a veteran or just bump into one, be sure to thank them for their service.

Whether you agree or disagree with the war they fought in, it doesn’t matter.

They served. They put their lives on the line so we didn’t have to.

Honor them. Say “thank you”. Buy them a cup of coffee or dinner.

And remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

said it a year ago, but I have to say it again.

Thank you, G-pa. Thank you for your service to our country. 


About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos ( sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.
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3 Responses to Veteran’s Day: Why the Odds Were Against My Existence

  1. Pingback: Postcard from Iwo Jima foxhole – WW2 | KANSAS MEDIOCRITY

  2. ocdtalk says:

    Thanks for a wonderful Veteran’s Day Post, and yes, reading about what your grandfathers went through…….you ARE lucky to be here!!

  3. Mimi says:

    Grandma B lost two brothers who were flyers in WW2. We have their service records so I will research this weekend for exact dates & facts on both of them. Donald was a flying ace
    & awarded the Air Medal twice & purple heart and then returned to active duty. I’ll check on how many missions completed but do know this was his last scheduled mission & he was to head home & be discharged in a few days. All the more devastating as the family was planning on his joyous return. He was one remembered as”ONE WHO GAVE ALL”.

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