Monday, May 31st, 2010

Remembering the Fallen

Walter Rakowski and Frank MichalskiOn this Memorial Day, I’m remembering those in my family who’ve served.

That handsome fellow on the right is my great-Uncle Frank.

Frank Michalski served for many years in Germany, where he met the love of his life, my great-Aunt Lidia. Marriage between American soldiers and German women was forbidden at the time. Although my Aunt Lidia was from the Ukraine, she fell into the same group since she was a working woman in Germany.

Love conquers all, however, as does bribery. For a few cartons of cigarettes, the chaplain married them.

Frank was one of the lucky ones. He came home after the war, bringing Lidia with him.

Left of Frank is my great-Uncle Walter Rakowski. He was a bachelor through-and-through.

Walt gave his life in Germany. I never knew him.

This day, I raise a glass and salute them…and the others in my family who have served. I light a candle for the souls of those who’ve passed.

Just as I remember those closest to me, I remember the troops I’ve never met. Those who’ve served our country faithfully in the past, and those who are serving now. You’re in my thoughts today and most days.

Thank you, to all the men and women who serve our country.

4 comments to Remembering the Fallen

  • Sue

    Very touching observation, Kelly. I’m glad you appreicate as I do all that our armed services have done for us. I hope we can pass this legacy on to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

    • Hi Sue: Thank you! I saw the photo of your Dad that you posted on FB…. great minds think alike? You know I’m doing my best to pass this legacy on. Thank you for all your help with that!

  • Amen! My Dad served over in Vietnam, my brother in DC for Desert Eagle. My father-in-law was Border Patrol MP in Mexico long before hubby or I were born. I also have an uncle who was in the service.

    The main reason we go down to Myrtle Beach every year is because my husband (who does civilian contracting for the military) golfs with his father in the Veterans Memorial tournament where the final banquet honors veterans for all wars.

    Thank you for the post! Those who served our country deserve so much more honor and respect than they often receive.

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