On 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.