Friday, November 11, 2011
To all veterans, thank you for all that you risk to keep us safe.
Many men in my family served in the military, but today I want to thank Dad, who served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1943-1945. He was injured in training, tearing the arches of his feet landing badly after a jump (YIKES - OUCH), so he never went overseas to fight. Instead, he acted as a morale-booster as a sergeant, performing and arranging entertainment for the camp. He was very disappointed to have not been able to go overseas to entertain the troops, and greatly resented that his commanding officer prevented him when the chance arrived. He wrote for the camp paper, the Observation Post, and also conducted High Holiday Services for other Jewish soldiers. He contributed to the War from training camp, and afterward took advantage of the G.I. Bill to study at the American Theatre Wing.
Dad, you made the lives of the men at Fort Bragg easier via your musical and entertainment skills, and I salute you on this day!