...for your military service to our country during WWII.
Thank you for fearlessly
flying long tedious hours "old school" style...
the next circling signal ship stationed below
to help set your course
through the vast and lonely airspace of the Pacific theater.
for selflessly risking life and limb and aircraft...
on a seemingly endless basis.
Thank you for safely completing
take offs and landings on exotic foreign shores.
Thank you, too,
for skillfully and accurately negotiating those newly made
threadlike coral runways of
distant, unknown, microscopic atolls...
the names of which would soon become emblazoned
in the pages of history.
Thank you for all these things
which brought you home safely...to mom
eventually, in short order to me.
evacuated the sick and wounded,
returned loved ones home.
provided supplies needed for the war effort...
helped make our world a safer place...and my future brighter.
The freedoms I enjoy today
come from your unselfishness and love of country.
Special thanks to you, too, mom,
as a young wife,
for supporting your true love...and keeping the
home fires burning here stateside.
I love you both.
"As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them."
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy