Thursday, July 16, 2009

Farewell, Brave Soldier

Many of you have heard of the HBO series, Band of Brothers. One of the men who served in Easy Company was Shifty Powers, the honest, hard-working, country boy who could blow the balls off of a fly at 100 yards with his M1 Garand.

Mr. Powers passed away recently, and the world is a smaller place without him. BlackFive has an excellent writeup of his passing.

More and more of our WWII vets are passing away every day. When I was a cub scout, we did things with World War I vets. They were the kindly grandfathers and great-grandfathers who could tell us thrilling stories by the campfire. By the time I got to the Army, they were all gone for the most part.

The World War II veterans are now the same age as those World War I veterans were when I was a boy. Soon, they will be just as rare.

If you know a veteran of the World Wars, please reach out to them, tell them how much you appreciate what they did, and learn as much from them as you can.

Farewell, Sergeant Powers. The roll will be called, a space will be empty, and you will be sorely missed.

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