This week is particularly nostalgic for me. January 26, 1999 marked the day when my hero, my Dad passed away and on January 30, 2013, I lost the dearest person I ever knew when my Mom was called to heaven. The anniversary of my Dad’s passing coincided with a trip to the WW II Museum in New Orleans, where I saw the remnants of a time when my parents, as young adults faced a fearful future. I was inspired by the voices and faces of personal stories of individuals who put their country and liberty above themselves. I swelled with pride knowing that my father was a part of the legion who answered the call to arms. As I sat to watch the magnificent multi-media production “Beyond All Boundaries” at the WW II Museum, I was overcome by the sense of appreciation and gratitude for those men and women to which we owe our lives today. It became even more emotional when I strolled afterword into the gift shop and reached for a cap that I thought my Dad would proudly wear. I wanted to buy it for him and bring it home to deliver it to him. It said WW II Veteran, a moniker that he earned and one that means so much more than just letters stitched on a hat. The tears began to roll down my cheek as I came to realize that it had already been 14 years to the day since my hero had gone to his just reward. I felt a deep sense of gratitude and I just wanted to say “thank you, Dad” one more time. The memories will have to do. As I stood there wiping my eyes, the feeling of consolation came when I thought that he was enjoying eternity with his best gal in heaven this year and he had received his reward for a job well done as a husband, father and an American. Thanks, Dad. You have made me very proud.

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  • Apr 29
    Principal Park,  Des Moines
  • May 4
    The Chapel,  Mundelein
  • May 4
    Wrigley Field,  Chicago
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    Wrigley Field,  Chicago


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