My dad served in World War II. From time to time, he tells the story of his service in the Navy. I particularly love his stories of when his crew sailed by the president’s summer home. He says they had to stand on the deck of the ship all dressed up in their finest and salute as they passed by. He took great pride in his uniforms. I always marveled at the way they were starched and ironed to perfection.
Dad signed up for the Navy right after high school and served his time manning the ships. When I look at his photos, he looks like a child. And those pants! We just think we know about bell bottom pants… the Navy wrote the book on that one. When Dad was home on leave during the first year of his service, he married my mom. They were both 18 years old.
This week we honor all of you who have served our country. I hope you appreciate the service of our military personnel as much as I do. I try to thank military servicemen and women when I see them in uniform. It is important for people to know they are appreciated, and I always intend for those who serve to know that I appreciate them.
To all the veterans out there, we salute your bravery, commitment, and love of country. Thank you for giving yourselves and for your dedication. May you always know that you are appreciated and admired by the people you protect.
Make something sweet for your veterans this weekend. Look to Southern Cast Iron’s Cast-Iron Baking Special Issue for lots of delicious recipes!