Heroes Among Us

Heroes Among Us

Memorial Day 2011 at the Abilene State Veterans Cemetery opened my eyes more than I expected. My father was a WWII veteran who passed on Veteran’s Day last year. I really was not ready to go to a public service but Loretta told me to go and she offered to drive.There were flags waving, music played and of course, the west Texas wind was blowing. Volunteers from Dyess AFB were pressed into service as human sand bags to keep the shelters from going sailing thru the skies. The Freedom Riders made a human flag line and the honor guard from Dyess did an absolutely wonderful job of presenting the colors in a dignified manner despite the 40 plus mile per hour wind.{{more}}The real eye opener and mind boggler was when they started introducing the veterans on the speakers stand. These people live in this area and are seldom noticed. Some of them are:Lt JG Wes Hayes bombed the Yamoto. This sinking helped win back the Pacific.Mr. Ruska flew bombers for Canada, was shot down in France and Heroes Among Us. Photo by Joe Starkeyspent 16 months as a POW. He started with the Canadians and then joined the USAF. He was transferred from the French prision to Stalag 4B. Marines who served in Korea were introduced.Mrs. Mary Putnam Vanderventer was a WASP and flew delivering aircraft of every type all over the US and Europe.These and many more heroes live among us and do not seek our recognition. We should seek them out and give them thanks for our freedom. Mary Putnam Vanderventer WASP. Photo by Joe Starkey