Loyalty, Courage, Sacrifice
Loyalty, Courage, Sacrifice are just the beginnings of the character traits making up a person willing to serve his or her country. In the United States, Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to honor those who paid with their lives to preserve the freedom that we enjoy everyday. We also recognize those whose sacrifice is not as great, but is just as important. Service people who serve today stand as a deterrent against those who take away our freedoms.Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for, protected. Ronald Reagan #quote Click To Tweet
Whether they be friends and family or complete strangers, take a minute of your freedom and simply say, “Thanks.”
Claude Griffith US Navy WW II
Dad, also known as Claude “Cosmo” Griffith served his country in the US Navy. While serving aboard the USS Pennsylvania BB-38, he earned the Navy Unit Commendation, The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 7 stars. Dad never talked much about the war or his service. We just knew that he had served in the Navy. It wasn’t until much later that he started recording some of his thoughts on the war. If you have an interest, you can learn more about the Pennsy’s history here.
Dad saw and was in the thick of every major battle in the Pacific war except Pearl Harbor. If you are not a fan of history, find the Clif Notes version and read it. If we do not learn from our past, then we are doomed to repeat it.
After the war, Dad traveled to Germany to be part of the prize crew that brought the German cruiser the Prinz Eugen from Germany to Philadelphia then through the Panama Canal out to the Bikini Atoll. This is where some of the A-Bomb tests were conducted. Dad was aboard the USS Fall River when this photo was taken:
Don’t forget to the thank those serving for their loyalty, courage, sacrifice and time given to preserve your freedom. If you don’t live in the US, I would love to hear about how you honor those that sacrifice for your country and the freedoms you enjoy.
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