Monday, May 27, 2013
Today is Memorial Day. I think living and growing up in Hawaii has given me a unique perspective on this day.
Hawaii has one of the highest concentration of military bases per square mile.
Hawaii is the site of one of most remembered foreign attacks against the American Military on American Soil.
I grew up knowing that this day was spent visiting graves. At school, we were asked to help string flower lei for the Boy Scouts to place at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.
As an adult, I have become involved in Genealogy. I like knowing where and whom I come from. I enjoy learning about those who came before me. I have many, many family members who have served in the military, on both sides. I am very proud of them, and I am glad that those who served during times of war came home. I honor the memory of so many that have now left this earth, they were loved and are missed.
I especially want to honor Major Frank Scheil Jr. He was my maternal grandfather's cousin, and they were born a month apart. They both joined the Army Air Corps, and they both served in World War II. Frank was shot down and killed in action in December of 1942. Thank you, cousin Frank,for your sacrifice. You and many others gave so that I can enjoy the freedoms that I often take for granted.