Praying for all the men and women who served, continue to serve, and for those who paid the ultimately price. I remember with great love, my Dad - a B17 pilot who was shot down, but miraculously safely landed the plane saving his entire crew! He was captured - a POW- but again miraculously and bravely escaped. He and his crew spent a harrowing 2 weeks dodging the enemy and cunningly tricking them at times that they were a tank division .. to finally make it back to Allied front lines. After the war, he applied to become a pilot at one of the new fledgling commercial airlines, but was turned down because - get this- he was too young! He flew 13 missions - 19 years old- but did not have enough experience. But, even then God was in charge- he became a NYC cop- did it for 38 years. I suppose if he was flying the world, he may never had met my mom.. and well I guess I would not be typing this post! The other really great part of this was my Dad never told us of this incredible story (I’ve greatly shortened it here). It would have died with him when he passed in 2000. But again, God allowed his story to come to us in a unique way. Dad needed open heart surgery in mid-1980’s. His roommate as he recovered was another man his age… they got to talking and the war came up. My dad shared his story with this other vet. When that man got home, he sent my dad his entire story with pictures- it had been recorded in an Air Force book which my dad never knew existed. when I asked my dad, why did you never share this with us. He said (think heavy NY accent speaking to you now)… “Mike, I never want to put people in a position where they might think they are hearing bullsh**, but now that this is in writing, every knows it’s not bullsh** so I can talk about it. Besides, I was just doing my job like so many other guys did”. We also have western Union telegrams ( lol think about communication back then) - one was list of his possessions sent to his mom while he was MIA- saying they would be sent to her. It included 7 Bibles! I ask my dad why 7? He said first you could never have enough bibles- to hear from God while facing challenges everyday. But, he always wanted to have extra in case another guy needed a good Word to keep him going. This has always stuck with me. My Dad is gone 22 years now and I still miss him so much. He was an incredibly great man- filled with faith. I am a very blessed man to have been his son. I do my best to follow in his steps.