Dad served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, during World War II. He was a singer who desperately wanted to travel overseas to entertain the troops (with Marlene Dietrich), but his commanding officer didn't want to let him go, so that was that. He injured his feet during training and was considered unfit for service, so he kept busy writing musical shows and entertaining the soldiers locally. A technical sergeant, he also was an editor of the camp newspaper, "The Observation Post."
Thank you, Dad and the millions of men and women who serve their countries, and help make the world safer. Let us honor those who sacrificed their lives and limbs on this day.