Worthy of a salute

June 6, the anniversary of D-Day, has become another Memorial Day, a day of remembrance.

Rightfully so. I'll share a recent personal experience although it's not related to directly to D-Day but certainly reflects the spirit.

J.D. McCollum, my dad who served in the South Pacific in World War II, retired from the Navy as a Chief Warrant Officer. Last week, my niece's boyfriend was commissioned as a Chief Warrant Officer in the Navy. He asked Dad to formally administer the oath at the ceremony in Memphis. One of the neat parts of that was Dad became a rock star.

The service men and women present had encountered few, if any, World War II veterans — certainly one who could socialize and talk fluently about his service.

Dad got a standing ovation.

Generations apart, there was a tie of dedication, of service and gratefulness. Those World War II veterans, the "Greatest Generation" deserve all the salutes we can give them. June 6 is certainly a date to remember that.

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reader 06/08/14 - 11:29 am
Great story David

Thank you father for me and the freedom I enjoy everyday!

Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd 06/08/14 - 12:36 pm

Great story. As many in this forum know I am a big fan and passionate supporter of these WWII veterans and the greatest generation in general as I am a product of that history making group.

sevenof400 06/09/14 - 02:48 pm
Indeed a great story, David.

I wish we could hear/read some of the conversation between your father and the service men and women. Those are conversations worth documenting so they can be remembered.

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