We remember ~
The accompanying poem is offered to those men that have made this great country and our nation what it is today.
Rightfully so we honor those that serve our nation in the Middle East fighting the unknown terrorists, but it is these men that have served our nation in the World Wars, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam that we honor today.
Thousands of World War II veterans are passing from us daily. These men and this generation not only served us as soldiers, but also as our conscience.
For the most part the work ethic that these men had is long gone, plus the times have changed. Men that worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. Some even holding part-time jobs in addition to their full-time jobs to provide for their families and to better themselves.
For the most part these were the days prior to government assistance and if you didn't get it, you didn't have it.
I recall stories of men that left Putnam County after World War II and traveled north to find work. Some stopping in Dayton, some traveling on to Toledo and some making it to Detroit. They sent word back home that they were hiring and the men of Putnam County, Tennessee, who had the reputation of hard and honest workers, men that worked the earth, were hired immediately.
Being a product of this situation, being raised by Southerners in a northern atmosphere, I appreciated the Southern lifestyle.
The days of porch setting are over, waving as a car passes, talking and visiting with your neighbors is long gone.
Everything changes ... we do not appreciate what we had and what we are losing.
Take a moment, stop and visit and say THANK YOU!