Veterans served; those at home served, as well: Salute to my parents

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO 2004008944

Demps E. EnglandAs the nation pauses for Veteran's Day, I remember my Dad, Demps E. England.

He served in WWII, enduring months of bitterly cold weather on the tiny outpost of Attu Island, Alaska. Damage done to his feet, which froze along with his ears, later contributed to partial amputations of both feet. He also suffered hearing loss.

Vineda Hall England, Mom, was a civilian servant, as she was one of the many women who worked in factories that made war supplies. Mom was (and is) small of stature, so she often welded inside the confined spaces of the turrets of tanks. She still smiles when she remembers "test driving" tanks. How many 4 ft 11 inch women do you know who can say that?Demps E. England young family

After the war, Dad and Mom married and started their family in Flint, Michigan. The soldier and the Rosie Riveter, part of the Greatest Generation, were together until Dad's death. Thanks, Dad and Mom, for showing the world and your family how it's supposed to be done. Happy Veteran's Day to those who serve (and served) and those at home who wait (and waited).

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Maggie McFarland
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What I love most of about remembering our Veterans is hearing about their stories.  Thank you for sharing!

Nov 12, 2012 09:35 AM #1
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Liz Lockhart
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Thank you, Maggie. I do love seeing all of the old photos, as well. Just look at that wallpaper in the family photo...

 

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Dana Hollish Hill
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I love the pictures as well. I just inherited a few pictures from my family and have been explaining who these people are to my kids. It's great to put pictures with the stories. I like the way you did it as well. Happy Veteran's Day.
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