Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

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.


Terrie Farley Moran said...

God bless your granddad and all those who served and are serving. special blessings on the families of those who died in the service of their country.


Old Kitty said...

Thank you for sharing a little of your beloved and amazing grandfather here. It's an honour to know of him. Have a lovely Memorial Day. Take care

debra said...

Memorial Day is a lot more than sales, and picnics. Thanks for sharing.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I'm sure he helped to save many lives. And I'm equally sure he made you the Powerhouse Fisherman you are today.

Charles Gramlich said...

A very nice tribute.

the walking man said...

Well said Travis and you in remembering your grandfather are keeping him alive by passing down the things he taught you.

Eric said...

This is a wonderful post, Travis. I really envy and admire people who got to spend time with their grandparents, as I didn't get the opportunity myself and they were all gone by the time I reached any sort of intelligent adulthood. Thank you for sharing even a little part of your family with us.

DrillerAA09 said...

It was a good holiday, much like yours, a time to reflect. I do have some plans to do a little genealogy work as a result of my visit to family grave sites this year.