A shout out this Veterans Day for all the men and women who served our country. To Veterans still with us, we thank you for your sacrifice; to the families whose warriors have left us, please accept our gratitude and condolences.
Leah’s blog about being sure to vote for measures that improve the quality of our country and add value to our place in the world, was spot on. War is surely the last and worst option for solving conflict; in the end, we yearn for a day when there are no veterans of war to celebrate except those long gone. My brother, Brian, who retired as a Major from the Army, assures me that a robust Army, Navy, Air Force deter other countries from making war with America; soldiers want peace, not war, just as police and firefighters wish for law-abiding, safe communities.
So I honor the peacekeeping efforts of my father, Lt. Col. Alford C. Shellum, who fought in the 164th Infantry at Guadacanal (the landing took place 13 October, 1942). My father was wounded in Guadacanal and left the war early, but continued to serve in the Army for another twenty years. He died at the age of 89 in 2006. Paintings of him and my mother, here, the way he looked when he fought in the war. They were so young!
I also honor my brother, Brian, who served in the Gulf War, 2nd Brigade, First Armored (Tank) Division. (His picture, with me, below) My two other brothers enlisted and served short terms in the Army. Though they did not see battle, they were peacekeepers, too.
Brother Colin is pictured below (searching for a pic of Steve!):
It should be said that the families of our servicemen and women are extremely important to any peacekeeping effort. We accompanied my father on every domestic and overseas assignment (Germany, Japan, Korea), in each posting, tasked to support him and my mother through tough transitions.
So on this Veteran’s day, we honor all those connected with our servicemen and women and our cumulative effort to keep the peace, at home and abroad.
Feel free to do your own Veteran Shout-Out here.
It was Brian, by the way, who helped me with my Army soldier character in FEAR LAND. More about that experience, in another entry. So here's FEAR LAND http://amzn.com/B012JE75ES
A psychiatrist’s attempt to help a soldier and his son struggling with shades of anxiety, puts them all on a collision course with corrupt, revengeful foes.
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