Willis Lee Howery.
That was my maternal grandfather's name.
He served as a medic in both World War II and Korea.
I can't help but think of him on this and every other Memorial Day.
Born in Iowa he was raised near and in Bethany, Missouri, he was adopted as an older child. Ten or so I think. I know his one regret in life was never tracking down his biological brother and sister and I wish i had the ability and knowledge to do so on his behalf.
He was more than my granddad. he was my fishing partner, my friend, and in many ways my father, as he was always the most steady and available adult male in my life.
My oldest son shares his middle name.
I wish he were here today and every other day, but his memory and influence live on.
I hope you have had a blessed Memorial Day weekend and taken the time to reflect on all of those who made this world a better place to be during their time here on earth.