I'm sure many bloggers are posting tributes to our fallen soldiers and surviving veterans, heroes who have secured so many blessings and liberties that we enjoy. As I ponder their deeds and sacrifices, my thoughts come home to my father, a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict.
At the age of 79, he now suffers from a rare brain disease, something akin to a rapidly progressing Alzheimer's, but it also affects every motor skill. He degenerated from a hard-working man to a chair-ridden patient in a matter of weeks.
When I visited him yesterday, I meditated on his condition, weak and feeble, yet strong in spirit. Although frustrated with his immobility, he maintains a peaceful countenance. He really is a hero in many ways, not just because he fought for my freedom. I fear that he will not be with us for much longer.
May God bless him (Dan Davis, U.S. Navy) and the many other heroes who made so many sacrifices for us.