Monday, April 4, 2011

A Good Man

Drew's grandpa passed away on Tuesday, March 29, and today was his funeral.  He lived such a full and amazing life that it was so special to hear stories about his past. 

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942.  He was shot down over Germany and became a POW.  He was honorably discharged in September 1945, and returned to school.  He met Drew's grandma his first night back, and they were married in November.  Yes, they married 2 months later!  And they have been married 65 years!!!  If that's not inspiration, I don't know what is.

He spent many, many years doing many, many jobs and touching and inspiring many, many people.  Those are really the best words that I can use to sum it up, and they aren't very good at all.  The stories of people who spoke at his funeral were amazing.  He accomplished so much!

After the funeral at the church, we went to the grave site.  There, there was a 21 gun salute and a presentation of the flag to his wife.  I have never witnessed a military funeral before, and the presentation of the flag was the breaking point for me.  I had gotten choked up before that point, but that moment actually brought tears to my eyes.

His funeral really made me think a lot about life.  Drew's grandpa touched so many people, and they all had such great things to say about it.  Who have you touched in your life?  What will they say about you?

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