November 08, 2006

Past and Present

I’ve been using old posters from WWII as my theme for my Valour IT posts. Continuing with my WWII theme we have my two newest Poster Boys. My grandfathers.

First I have my Poppy, which is my Mom’s Father. He was in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Of all four grandparents, I most resemble him. I look nothing like the other three. And that would be because… I resemble my Mother, who resembles her father. He passed when I was 9 of lung cancer. Although we found out later it was due mostly to the working conditions of the glass factory in which he worked, he is the reason a cigarette has never touched my lips. A man I barely remember, his death had a permanent impact upon my life. Never once have I wavered in my instant decision at age 9 that I’d not smoke. I wonder if I’d have been so steadfast in my decision if the horror of his death had not permanently been imprinted on my young mind.

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Poppy

Second I have my Granddaddy, who is The Great Omnipotent One’s father. I’ve blogged on Granddaddy before. He reminds me of Jerry’s Dad. (Personalities are so daggum similar I have to wonder if they were related!) He was a young electrician when he was called into the Navy and became a Seabee in WWII, and I could swear he told me he was on Peleliu. One of TGOO’s first memories was hugging his Dad’s leg while he left for war. It has been 16 years since Granddaddy passed… coming up on 17. It never feels like yesterday, but it doesn’t feel that long ago either.

And if you think that looks like the glint of the devil in his eye, you're right. There are STORIES!

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Granddaddy

We were fortunate in our families… during this big war, both my grandfathers did not have any harm come to them. They came back to their families and continued their lives, never missing a beat.

Not everyone was so fortunate.

And today we have men and women serving our country… some don’t come back. Some come back and have not been physically harmed. And others… come back with their lives physically permanently altered. They will be strong and they’ll learn to cope and they’ll continue on with their lives just as the Veterans of our previous wars did, but there is no reason they should do this alone.

We can help.

Valour-IT. Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops. We are in the home stretch. It ends on 10 November, the day before Veteran’s Day. The Navy is still in the lead… but what matters is we are trying to reach a goal collectively of $180,000. That’s big money… but one dollar brings us one dollar closer.

There is a site where there are some items for auction! Flight suits, books, pictures, a helmet… go take a look HERE to see what they have. I do believe Lex has been the big donor in these items. I emailed him, telling him how appreciative I was that he was donating these items as I have nothing to auction. I have an igniter off an old F-16, but… its my favorite paper weight! It’s still in use!

But seriously, it is always appreciated for what the good Captain does for this cause, one that is obviously dear to his heart or he’d not do all that he does.

So. Where does that leave us? Go look at the auction items. Or go HERE and see what team you’d like to donate for in this inter service rivalry as we all push to meet our goals.

OR! Be impulsive and just hit that donate button below and donate for Navy! But really, you are donating for our Veterans. What a great way to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

Oh. And… Go Navy!!!

Posted by Boudicca at November 8, 2006 10:47 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Bou,
That was a nice tribute to your grandfathers. Thanks for mentioning my Dad.

Posted by: Jerry at November 9, 2006 12:25 AM

Thank God for these men and those like them. I just donated.
Go Navy!!

Posted by: pam at November 9, 2006 08:29 AM

When I was a little girl I recall women saying dad looked like Victor Mature. One day a lady came to the house and wanted to know why mom had a picture of Victor in the living room. He was dashing, gentle,kind and smelled good...Old Spice still brings back memories. Thanks for the tribute :-)

Posted by: mom at November 9, 2006 10:22 AM

Thank you so much for this lovely post and for joining the competition. :)

I just wanted to let you know that it actually runs THROUGH Veterans Day. I had USMC B-day on my mind when I sent out the initial email, so I sent out the wrong date. It all ends on Saturday (except for a couple of auction items).

Again, thanks so much for all you've done for Valour-IT and the wounded we serve!

Posted by: FbL at November 10, 2006 02:17 PM

Bou:

A wonderful tribute to the Greatest Generation in your family. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: xformed at November 10, 2006 04:05 PM

Very Nicely Done Bou,

My dad was an infantry soldier in WW-II Pacific Theater, he would never speak of it when I was young.

When I would come home from my tours overseas we would talk at lengths about things. His time in New Guinea, the Philipines and South Pacific.

I will never forget what the greatest generation did for us.

Never.

PT

Posted by: P'Cola Titan at November 10, 2006 07:00 PM