Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day 2013

Today is November 11, 2013.  It is Veteran's Day.  I have written about my dad who is a World War II Veteran a few times.  He understands so many things in the news.  Thank goodness he still has a good mind.  He was wondering today if the typhoon that recently struck the Philippines destroyed the island that was their home base during the war.   His birthday is November 14th and he will be 89.  That is pretty remarkable.
Just when I think I have heard all of his stories, he says something that I hadn't heard.  He told me today that his name is engraved in granite in front of his old high school in Owen Wisconsin.  He said the old school has been converted to something else, and he wonders if the names are still in front of the building.  He told me the names of all the young graduates who went to war from his high school are there.  Next time we get to the area, we will have to see.

As a gift to him from us, my sister and all five of his grandchildren, we have purchased a Legacy Stone.

A Legacy Stone is a stone that will be placed in the walkway at the Highground Veterans Memorial in Neillsville, WI. Dad's information will be engraved in a 12 x 12 x 2 granite block and placed in a ceremony on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 1:00pm. The ceremony will begin with ringing of their Liberty Bell.  Colors will be presented and then the pledge of allegiance.  Earth from the previous legacy stone ceremony is mixed with the earth from the day's ceremony.  Each family then places their stone.  When all the stones are in place, everyone forms a circle.  People are encouraged to share their thoughts.  We can submit any additional materials we would like to share in the Registry.  That is kept in the Highgrounds Learning Center Library.  It should be a good day.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

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