Memorial Day is about honoring our fallen soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. These soldiers committed their lives to protecting our country and I salute them.
My dad, Dale F. Brandt, served for 42 years in the United States Naval Reserves and retired as a Senior Chief. We were fortunate that he never had to serve in a war; however, I do remember the Wednesday night he was called to “Stand-by and be ready.”
We had just returned home from my marimba lesson at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He took the call and for the first time in my life I realized the significance of his military career. Prior to that, I just knew of the 1 weekend per month trip to Columbus, OH and the 2 weeks in Norfolk, VA.
This was different. This was the Persian Gulf War in 1991. This was real. For the next 24-48, our house was in a tizzy. Was he going? Was he not going?
The suitcase was packed. His uniforms were ready. His shoes were...
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