Sunday, November 2, 2008



I am thinking about my family at this late hour. My grandfather fought in the First World War. He was in the Meuse-Argonne campaign. It was the decisive battle of the war and the Americans were in the heaviest fighting, including the Harlem Hellfighters, a black segregated unit. They fought in the war thinking that it would buy them entry into America as full partners. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I am proud of my family, as they have fought in three wars. We did our part for our country. We are no different than a lot of American families who did the same thing. Without this type of spirit, that lives on to this day, America may not be a country today. Many gave their lives so that we could sit here at our computers and give our opinions in freedom. Veteran's Day is coming up and I will post some things to celebrate it. My students will know about it. That I promise you. Thanks Grandpa and Dad.

4 comments:

Polski3 said...

Nice post. We must continue to honor our ancestors who served this nation. Too many people, IMO, especially those in elected office, do not seem to know this nations history. It is not the elites who have been first to step up to serve this nation; it has been the common man. My family tree, going back to about 1630, shows a long history of service to their Colony, king, new country and nation.
One of my grandfathers, the first-born son of a Polish immigrant, served in the US Army in WWI. His unit, Co. B, 36th US Inf., was about to depart for France when the war ended. I don't know if he would have been on the front lines had he made it, due to his rare skill as a typist. Yep, he was company clerk.

Bravo for ALL who have served this nation. May they always be remembered and their sacrifices NOT forgotten.

Tapline said...

L&O Teach, I can't speak for Australia, However I can speak for America, My ancestry going back to 1651 at Salem-Town, currently Danvers Mass. Tthe only record I can find however on wars, except for WWII was the Revalutionary War. One which my Great Great Uncle fought. He kept a diary throughout the time he was at fort Sumtner, (spelling I am not sure of). The other part of me was already here as part of the Algonquin Nation with a little french thrown in for good measure..Can't keep a good Frenchman down..... back to the post.Yes....we should honor all war heros, and they are all heros whether or not they were in battle, they served and should be honored...stay well....

Z said...

Wow, tapline..you REALLY go back!

I honor EVERY soldier who fought for America. I'm first and second generation American and Dad was denied joining up because he'd had rheumatic fever badly 3 times in Troy, NY....He was attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. and told me how embarrassing it was to LOOK healthy, tall and strong and be strolling down Main St thinking people are considering him a chicken for not being in WWII. I nearly wept when he told me that.

So, for all your relatives who DID fight and for my dear Dad who LOVED this country so much (that I'm almost glad he's not with us anymore to see what's happened to her) and couldn't fight...I salute you......from the bottom of my heart.

Law and Order Teacher said...

polski3, Tap, Z,
I am very proud of my family's service as I am sure you all of yours. The military members who served deserve all the credit for keeping us free. Thanks for the visit.