War is Hell
That famous quote sums it up, according to soldiers who know more than this civilian. I go on about my day, enjoying a life free from survivor’s guilt, PTSD, and the physical, visible wounds of war.
We are only beginning to understand the toll that hell takes on those who live through it. Even the US Special Forces are now taking more seriously the “invisible wounds” of war.
I’ll never know why my grandfather, top row, second from the right, would sometimes weep at night. But he was as strong and as kind as they come.
He set an example throughout his life, lucky to survive WWII, raise a family, and experience the benefits of America after the war.
I know Pete would be grateful to know we remember his service, not just in my immediate family, but among friends who have recently seen these scans.
Along with other photos of my own I’ve scanned, I’m able to bring to life the story of my grandfather, in a way simple words could not.
Now my son, named after Pete, has more to help him understand his namesake. Because it’s easier to remember, honor, and even emulate, when you can see and hear the great ones from our past.
Veterans Day is Thursday November 11, 2021
Thank a veteran in your life. Maybe make a little extra time to see if they’d like to talk about their experience. Or maybe take an hour to enjoy the company of someone older.
Whether you use Memento Press or some other service, please get your photos scanned. Please get your tapes transferred to digital (tapes decay quickly). Because remembering is important.