Wednesday, November 11, 2009

White Knight

I've been wanting to participate in Faded Charm's White Wednesday for quite a while, but time has not been my friend these past months. It still isn't, but with today being Veteran's Day, I thought I would honor my daddy and maybe qualify for WW at the same time. I hope a black and white photo is acceptable.

Joe served his country during WWII as a paratrooper in the Philippines. He wasn't a hero in the sense of headlines, but he was mine. His military years were some of his proudest memories, but at the same time, ones he was reluctant to talk about with us. Only with other veterans could he truly let go, sharing a bond we couldn't understand, nor did he want us to.
Today, I ask simply that we all keep our military in our hearts and prayers. The price they are paying for our freedoms would bankrupt us all.

I salute you V.J. Callahan, Jr. and all the others who have stood beside you before and since.

22 comments:

Darla said...

Can't imagine what they went through....very nice post!

Fran said...

Hi Debbie,
I was touched by your post this morning. My Dad also served in the Philippines in WWII. He was in the Navy. Like your Dad, he never spoke much about his duty but he went to the reunions every year and kept in contact with many of the guys he served with. Thanks for doing this post today.
Fran

red.neck chic said...

I'm with Darla...I can't imagine. BUT! I thank your Daddy - and I'm so glad he was YOUR hero!!!

I love your story!!! And the black and white photo? PERFECT!!!

;) Robelyn

Cathy said...

They are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers!!!

This was a wonderful post!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Six in One Hand said...

What an awesome post!!!!
It made me think of my pawpaw and his service in WWII.
I'm gonna call him right now... :)

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I always love it when you share your family and memories with us. Such a sweet tribute to your Daddy. ~Mindy

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Welcome to WW! Hope you have fun every week playing with us! Your photo and post are definitely acceptable...actually are quite perfect!

The Green Pea said...

Debbie, your post is a sweet tribute to you father. What a lovely daughter you are. sandi

bella said...

Debbie , Our country wouldn't be the Great country it is without our military women and men ( like your dear daddy). A heartfelt thank you to all of them and their families. xoxo, Sue

Unique Unique Design said...

My thanks, too. My Dad was Army Air Corp and flew bombers in Europe. What language would we be speaking if it wasn't for men like them?
marcie

Wizard of Was said...

Hi Debbie! I've missed you! What a beautiful and very "centering" post! Amen!
My Very Best
Gale

Tootsie said...

Great post girl. We Call it Remembrance Day in Canada...we have a lot to be thankful for

thedomesticfringe said...

Your daddy was a very handsome man. My grandpa wouldn't talk about the war either, not until he was more than eighty. I never knew that he kept a journal while in the war until after I was married.

We have a great heritage to be thankful for.
-FringeGirl

The Flying Bee said...

Beautiful post Debbie! I am thankful for what your Daddy did for this country and for all the men and women who serve.

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Debbie; What lovely tribute to you Dad and all the others who serve our Country.... God Bless them all....

Hugs;
Alaura

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Debbie, I too salute your sweet daddy and all he (and so many others) gave in service to our country. God bless America!
Love,
Anne

Faded Charm said...

This photo is definetly accepted and I love it. Thanks for joining in today and playing along with all us "white" girls. Your beautiful grandbaby also looks lovely sporting her beautiful white dress.

Oh sorry you got your playing with matches privleges taken away. Good thing they make battery operated candles nowadays. What will they think of next?

Enjoy your week,

Kathleen

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

What a great tribute to your dad. Really enjoyed this post.

one gal's trash said...

Wonderful! I have a similar story to Fran's (above). My dear dad served on the USS Essex in the Pacific. He never spoke about his experiences while we were growing up. Now, in his mid 80's, he talks about it, reads WW II books, goes to Essex reunions, etc. It has come to define him in ways we respect but don't always understand. Thanks for this lovely post!
Pxo
Pam

Debra @ Common Ground said...

What a handsome Daddy, mine was a gunner on the same boat as Pam's above in the Korean War. My hub's dad was a POW in Germany. He never recovered from his experiences, they were so traumatic. Our prayers do so need to go to these young men and women who must suffer emotionally from the rigors of war.
You know if you and CD ever think of heading up this way you'll have to let Jan and I know. We'll throw a party!!!!
Blessings, Deb,
Debra

FILIGREE MOON said...

Such a handsome man among so many brave heros. So grateful to each and every one! Thanks for sharing your hero's story! ~ Angela

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Debbie, wonderful post and I am so happy to see you at WW. I only just joined a couple of weeks ago and love it. xo Lynn