Around the world today there are millions of men and women serving their countries. Most are without the daily one on one companionship of their loved ones. So today I thought I would send out a great big thank you..to all those who have done their bit, for those yet to take the torch and for those who carry it for me... and you... today as we sit in the comfort of our homes.
I am going to borrow, if I may, a very big salute from one of these heroes...Lewis Millett, whom you have hopefully read much about in this space by now.
We owe it to them. And they sure deserve it!
Lets also take a few minutes to scan the web for stories on Frank Molnar who was born on 14 Feb. 1943. He died in Vietnam saving his buddies by diving on a grenade in 1967. The president awarded him with a Medal of Honor for this incredible act of heroism.
George H Morgan died on this date... back in 1948. His bravery was rewarded with a MOH for holding his post against the attacking natives back in 1882. He held his ground till a bullet felled him. That same bullet finally killed him...60 years later. A military camp in Bosnia is named after him.
John Foote was not a fighting man, but he wore the uniform and spent over 8 hrs under fire as he coolly collected up the wounded and brought them to safety. If that were not enough, he later exited a small craft and walked into a German position and purposely got taken prisoner so that he could help his fellow soldiers. Instead of a gun, he carried the bible. His Victoria Cross was gazetted on today's date back in 1946.
Lt Henry Douglas was involved in numerous acts of valour on the same day. One of these was the rescuing of a fellow officer who was at the time trying himself to aid other troops injured on the battlefield. All under very heavy fire. He would later rise in rank to that of a Major General. He died on this day, back in 1939.
Two of these four awards were posthumous, two were Canadian born and two have connections to Canada. You can discover more on them on the net, but not today.
No more reading today.
See you next Sunday with some exciting news.