Maybe it’s because I’m a veteran or maybe it’s because I’m old enough to remember the war that these older WWII guys fought, but I must admit that this video chokes me up.
Compared to many, my part was a pitiful fraction of what many guys went through. I was in during peace time and part of the ground crew for B-47’s (remember them?), so I was never in any real danger. I was in Gen. Curtis Lemay’s Strategic Air Command (SAC) so the most difficult thing I had to deal with were the periodic “alerts” where we prepared additional B-47’s to mimic an actual launch of our bombers to attack Russia. They were designed to be as real as could be so we’d be prepared if the Russians attacked. There was thought to be a real possibility of that happening. A number were always flying on an air alert status with “weapons” already loaded and were just awaiting targeting information to proceed.
But that doesn’t hold a candle to those guys who fought in WWII, or Korea or Viet Nam – many of whom didn’t come back – or didn’t come back with all of their parts. How do we repay them and their families for what they lost? There is something undefinable inside of me that has a humble respect for all of my brothers who served, and especially those who were unfortunate to be thrust into a war zone. I’ll always feel something for those who fought for our rights and freedoms that I don’t believe that someone who has never been in the military can understand. And maybe it is why I get choked up to hear the Star Spangled Banner or watch Old Glory pass in a parade. I’m a grizzled, obstinate, opinionated old geezer but my heart belongs to these United States. I took an oath and only death will rescind it.
Before I get any more emotional, PLEASE watch this video, it’s only 5:34 and if it doesn’t bring a lump to your throat, you’re not a true patriot.
Garnet92, with a grateful H/T to Bobbie!