Remembering those veterans from our respective families who have since passed on (reposted from years past):
- Peter Anderson, USMC — My dear departed uncle Peter served with Marine Intel during Vietnam
- Ian Henderson, RAF — My dear departed father — RAF pilot who served the crown during the Battle of Britain as well as in the Far East as a flight leader. He lied about his age to join the flight corps and was a decorated Ace for combat action.
- Robert Zimmerman, USN — My dear departed step-grandfather served in the US Navy during WW2
- Howard Martin, USN — My biological grandfather was a pilot who died in WWII when my mother was just a child
- John A. Webster, USN (ret.) — served in both WW II and Vietnam [my father]
- James Francis Webster, USN — served in WW II [my paternal grandfather]
- John Silas Fickes, CSM, USN — served in WW I, Mexican War (1920), and WW II [my maternal grandfather]
- John William Fickes, 1st Sgt., Co. A, PA Militia, 8th Reg. Infantry — served in Spanish-American War [my great-grandfather]
- James Edward Taylor, Pvt. Co. D, II PA Volunteer Infantry — Civil War [my great-great-grandfather]
God bless them, and God bless America, truly the “last, best hope of Earth” (Abraham Lincoln).
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall standBetween their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
— The Star-Spangled Banner (3rd and 4th verses), Francis Scott Key