I will admit that it took me being out of the military to fully understand what it means to a veteran. We as a country honor our vets on November 11th every year, many places offer military discounts to veterans, active duty members as well as their family. A lot of people may not know the full sacrifices that each member as well as their family makes, some give their lives for our country. People in the military don't ask for much, they proudly serve their country with honor.
I can say that not every place is a good place to be stationed, the pay isn't the greatest (many families struggle) but the camaraderie amongst members cannot be matched. I was lucky to meet a lot of people that had I not joined the Air Force, I would never have met. I wouldn't change that for anything in the world.
I found out that my family has a few veterans. I am so proud of them for choosing to serve their country, especially during the times when they may not have been treated fairly. I honor their service and appreciate their sacrifices as well as those made by their family. I've come across a few during my research and will add them to my list as I find them.
|Dad at 17|
|My dad and I|
Source Information: Lefferts, Peter M., "Black US Army Bands and Their Bandmasters in World War I" (2012). Faculty Publications: School of Music. Paper 25. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/musicfacpub/25
|Felix Parker WWI Registration Card|
Source information: Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005
I found this draft card is interesting because it lists a wife and 6 year old child. I believe this is my grandmother Edna and her mother but I haven't been able to verify it yet.
|WWII Registration Card|
Source Information. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010
My paternal 3rd great grandfather Robert Moses Hafford was born 1845 in Warren, Kentucky. He volunteered on 26 June 1864 to serve with the Union in the Civil War. He served in the 1st United States Colored Heavy Artillery at 19 years of age.
|Robert Hafford Service Record|
Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1881-1865 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Happy Veterans Day! Take the time to thank our military veterans, active duty members and their families for their service and dedication to our country.