Memories of war

Dear Editor: Nov. 11, 2014, we celebrate Veterans Day. It continues to be observed on this date regardless of what day of the week it falls as it is a celebration to honor America’s veterans of all wars, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

This year is particularly important to observe this national holiday since WWII veterans are passing away at an alarming rate of over several hundred each day. Over 16.1 million of us served in uniform. I served in both WWII and as a captain in the Air Force during the Korean War. Experts tell us that soon all veterans of WWII will have passed quietly into history.

Early mornings I take long walks with my dog. Recently, for a lark, I put my old captain bars on my cap. Two well-dressed young men in civilian clothes were rapidly coming my way. Suddenly both of them in unison saluted me in a very professional manner. It happened so quick I never had a chance to respond. It had been since the Korean War (1950-1953) that I was last saluted by anyone.

As I continued my walk, suddenly my eyes filled with tears followed by deep melancholy. Long ago memories of the Korean War had suddenly returned.

Byron Dillon




Published: Nov. 6, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 30