- Posted November 9, 2012 by
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Salute to troops
Happy Veterans Day!
- Jamescia, CNN iReport producer
This is our son Corbin when he was about 2.5 years old. I have always sung songs to him and his brother to entertain them during dinner (some real songs, and others made up!!) I also have sung to them while I brushed their teeth to make it fun.After enough time, he ended up learning this one along with "The Battle Hymn of the Repubic", "The Marine Corps Hymn" and is now learning "Amazing Grace". I have always thought it important to raise my children with a sense of allegience to our country as my grandfather was a tail gunner in WWII, my father was a Marine, my husband was in the Navy and my brother in law is currently a recruiter for the Marines after serving in Afganistan. My grandfather was so influential in my life and was probably the reason I fell in love with my husband as their temperments are so similar. He was a decorated aviator on the B-29 in many missions over Italy. On one, his helmet was struck with a bullet from enemy fire while they were in a dog fight and we still have his punctured leather helmet. He rarely talked of these times from long ago, but he did talk to me about them which gave us a very special connection. He was stoic and quiet but was always able to laugh and make you feel safe. The son of Ukranian imigrants, he lived a long good life working on cars, following NASCAR, taking care of his wife of 63 years, raising 2 children and eating salami, perogies and halushka. We lived in Youngstown Ohio and he was just a hardworking blue collar guy from a generation that seems alien to the high tech chattered generations we are now. But I strive to honor him and that generation as much as I can. He never boasted about his achievements, or lamented about the atrocities of war that all soldiers endure. He just simply said "It is what we did for our country back then". I know that most of the salute to troops are for those currently serving. But MY salute to the troops tribute is to him. Nicholas Belik, (1922-2010) Corbin is VERY comical and a true performer (especially for girls andl grown women!!) He will often just start singing or playing his air guitar. THIS is my salute to troops everywhere, past and present!!
Sincerly and Honorably,
Christine M. Zambon-O'Connor