Usually I go down to the Bourne, MA National Cemetery to visit my grandfather’s grave. Don’t know if I’d be up to the walking this year, but might go if I feel good.
He retired from the USAF a Lieutenant Colonel, was a pilot in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was shot down in his P-47 Thunderbolt over occupied France, a couple of weeks after D-Day (which he took part in). Left the burning plane at about 300’ altitude, parachute had barely opened when he hit the ground, luckily in soft farm land but was still badly injured and earned his Purple Heart. He was stationed in Germany during Korea, flying DC-3s around all over Europe. During Vietnam he flew troop carrier missions in C-130s, and flew “Blind Bat” missions, dropping flares on targets for the fighter bombers. After retiring from the USAF, in the 70’s and 80’s he flew for the FAA as a flight inspection pilot.
For me, Memorial day is his day.
Donald H. Chalpin 1922-1996