I heard an estimate the other day that by 2020 there will be no surviving World War II veterans.
It's hard to believe that could be the case in just 12 years. Then again it seems the other day that there were World War I veterans still living.
One of my grandfathers served in the first world war and the other served in the second world war. Neither said much about their experiences in those wars, then again I was pretty young and mainly focused on getting to ride in one grandpa's tractor or going out for donuts with the other.
I look back at those days now and so thankful to have had the opportunity to have memories of family members from both of the world wars
Both of my grandpas passed on several years ago, but every Memorial Day I can't help but think of them.
I'm sure you have memories, too, of loved ones who served.
It was encouraging this past Saturday to see flags and flowers placed on the graves of veterans, honoring the service that each one provided.
This is a noble gesture...and a reminder to all of us to give flowers and flags to our loved ones who served or are serving in the military. Let them enjoy the fragrant flowers while they are still alive.
2020 is just around the corner for our World War II vets. Be sure to honor and thank them now. After all, hindsight is 20/20...and after 2020 it may be too late to thank them in person.