To some, this is the beginning of the summer season.
To others, it’s the end of the school year.
And although both are somewhat true, the real purpose of this weekend’s holiday is to say “Thank You” to the families of those who have lost family members in service to our great nation (USA). And yes, I count myself in that category.
Although I was never privileged to know my Great Uncle Cloyd A. Bowyer, I heard many a great story from my dad about he and his twin brother, Floyd. They were only 1 year older than my dad, and were more like brothers to him, than uncles.
Uncle Cloyd was in service during WWII, when he was killed in Italy in 1943. My dad was serving in France at the time, and was devastated when he heard the news. And to make matters worse, his twin, Floyd had died in 1942, in a racing accident. So now, both twins were gone.
But even though I did not get the chance to get to know my twin uncles, I am still proud of the members of my family that have served in the military over the years. And thankfully, Great Uncle Cloyd Avery Bowyer is the only one of which I am aware that was killed in action. I am blessed indeed.
In addition to Uncle Cloyd & my dad, James Marion Sisson, I had two other uncles that served during WWII – A. Eugene Angle & Melvin Victor Angle, my mother’s brothers. Thankfully, they all returned home physically safely.
For those of you who have lost military family members, you have my prayers & condolences.
For those of you who have currently active family members, you have my prayers for their safety.
And for all who have members of their family, or they themselves, who have served in the armed forces of our country, you have my sincere & enthusiastic THANKS. God bless you for your service & selflessness to protect our freedoms.