Today November 11th is a day when we're supposed to stop and reflect on the service and sacrifices our friends, relatives and fellow countrymen and women have made on our behalf in military service down through the years and around the world. Here are some of my family who have answered the call over the years.
From left to right...My Great-grandfather, Charles G. Blaney, who served as a Bosn on the USS Dixie during the Spanish American war. Bob's father Sgt Manuel Branco, who served with Patton during WWII, my father Warrant Officer Martin Yannuzzi, who served in the Merchant Marine during and after WWII, and my sweet hubbie, Ensign Bob Branco,here in this picture aboard the USS Forrest Sherman in the Mediterranean Sea during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
With this many connections, I had to join up, so here's Tutu with her parents in August 1966 for my commissioning as an Ensign in the Navy. This was during the Vietnam War when I served as a personnel officer at the Naval Schools Command in Newport RI.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if our children - and those in every nation around the world - never had to join the military or fight in wars? We can only pray and work just as hard for peace as we did to win wars.
Veteran's Day blessings to all who have served, are serving now and will ever answer the call in the future.