by Being Diane
We should honor our veterans while they are alive not after they have passed.
I thought I really knew about all the holidays commemorating our veterans
Who took the time to serve in the military but
I didn’t know enough until the day I lost “Papa”
Travis wasn’t my Papa but was my daughter’s Papa.
He was my Father-in-Law who I should have honored on the
Days dedicated to the life of our soldiers.
I wish I had but it isn’t too late for you.
You see my honoring him was in the tears I shed at his funeral
Monday, June 29, 2015.
I did this while I was at the church when a service man came in and saluted
Travis while he lay lifeless in a cold, bronze colored casket.
That wasn’t all that happened.
Towards the end Taps began to play and my tears began to fall.
Then this Vietnam vet with a long ponytail, white with age and tattoos covering his
arms came again to salute
Travis and thank him for serving our country.
He then carefully handed the folded flag to Letha, his beloved
Wife. I now ask myself why couldn’t we have saluted him while he was alive
And told him how much it meant to us that he served time in that dense jungle in
Vietnam for a war he didn’t even believe in. In this I hope to convey don’t wait until
Your loved one is looking down from above seeing the tears of someone who
Should’ve taken the time to say, “Thank you, dear Papa for serving our country.”