Uncle J, Grandpa Mac, and Bopa
Last year I posted a tribute and since this is for a day of remembrance it seemed appropriate to do it again. Yesterday was Veteran’s Day (Armistice Day), a day to remember the men and women who served and serve in the military to say “Thank you” and to let them know how much the rest of us appreciate their service in behalf of all of us.
Bopa served in WWII as did one of his brothers their father served in WWI and their mother’s father served in the Spanish American War. Bopa's youngest brother also served in the military but I do not think it was during war time as he was considerably younger.
Great-grandpa Col. John Q. CannonBopa was a quiet, brave and uncomplaining man. During his years of military service he was almost always wet, cold, muddy, and hungry. I imagine he was scared part of the time too. There were and are a lot of soldiers like this. Nowadays soldiers most likely add the desert is too hot and their fears include things like IEDs that didn’t even exist during WWII and before. But they do their jobs anyway. The memory of the sorry conditions didn’t matter though, Bopa always said he thought the military was a good experience for any young man and he was forever patriotic putting the flag out on display for all the holidays and standing for the National Anthem with his hand on his heart in his latter years.
Thank you all so very much, we love you.