Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Veterans Day salute, with gratitude

(Click to enlarge.) Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson.
This image obtained from Yahoo! Comics, but I regularly
read it --
in print -- in the Chicago Sun-Times.

We watched It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown this year at our house, as we do every year around Halloween. You'll surely recall the sequence where Snoopy imagines himself as the Great World War I Flying Ace, in aerial combat with the Red Baron. In 1966, when this special first aired, there were a lot of World War I vets around. They were the granddads explaining what that Snoopy bit was all about as they watched the show with their grandkids.

Today, though, as the Arlo and Janis cartoon points out, there's only one WWI vet left in America. And the World War II vets are rapidly fading from the scene. The veterans of Vietnam are gray now -- which I find astonishing since these guys are only a few years older than me. My draft card is still around in a drawer somewhere. I was never called.

I would have made a lousy soldier anyway: I've never been good with authority. I'm grateful, especially today, that there are others who could serve well. And who did.

And who do.

7 comments:

Steve Skinner said...

I was surprised to learn that there is still a veteran from WWI.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

The last WW1 vet in Britain passed away this year.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

strange how fast time goes by. we are now the oldest generation in the family. i don't know how that happened! they are starting to treat us like children now too. guess that is how it is... sigh.

smiles, bee
tyvc

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

strange how fast time goes by. we are now the oldest generation in the family. i don't know how that happened! they are starting to treat us like children now too. guess that is how it is... sigh.

smiles, bee
tyvc

Shelby said...

cute comic.. I'm thankful too. It's a good day to remember.

Dave said...

My Dad was WWII, my brother was a just post-Vietnam Marine. Were I to have been drafted, I'd have caught the last couple of years of Vietnam. (student deferment during the scary years). And thankful for my families' and others service.

Smalltown RN said...

Yes when I was watching the broadcast for Rememberance day from Ottawa yesterday they mentioned that in Canada there are only 187 veterans left from the world war...but there some of them were standing alongside the younger generations....Lest we Never forget....