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Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day: Remembering My Own Who Served

I bought my veteran husband a stars-and-stripe pinwheel at the 99 cent store to thank him for the time he put into the reserves and on call up for the Berlin crisis—the crisis that didn't turn into war. There are many vets like him who were willing to fight and their willingness was the reason we had no war. Our family has very few vets—it's a family of mostly women who lived before women were equals in the war efforts (though I know many were, in fact, very equal!). So today I'm remembering my uncle Jim Heatly, Navy, deceased; Douglas Howard, now in his 90s, Army, Pacific Theater; Robert W. McElroy, Air Force, a pilot who volunteered for WWII before conscription, deceased; my grandson @Travis Lamoureaux, father of one and one on the way, who served in the all volunteer Army in Iraq--twice; and, of course, @Lance Johnson, my dear husband who volunteered again right after 9/11 and was turned away because only young soldiers were needed or wanted—a big mistake in my opinion.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson wrote the foreword for Eric Dinyer's book of patriotic quotations, Support Our Troops, published by Andrews McMeel. Part of the proceeds for the book benefit Fisher House. Her chapbook of poetry won the Military Writers Society of America's award of excellence. Find it at Her novel, collection of creative nonfiction and much of her poetry is informed by interest in leading the world toward acceptance of one another. Find her web page dedicated to tolerance at If your Twitter followers would be interested, please pass this on to them using this widget:

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