Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pearl Harbor Day by Harlie Williams

My daddy

Donald K. McCortney (b. December 16, 1941) 
US Army
November 1, 1961 - October 31, 1967
Discharged as a Staff Sergeant
Company clerk
Ordnance specialist
Infantry training NCO 95th Division (BCT)

He was technically a Vietnam war veteran based on his dates of service.  He never went overseas.  He is also a veteran of the Cold War for the same reason.

So why am I sharing this today?  It's Pearl Harbor Day.  On this day, 76 years ago the United States of America was attacked by Japan that ultimately led to us fighting in World Word II. 

Harlie, we already know this.  So again, why are you telling us this?  Every year in our school district around Veteran's Day, all of our schools participate in Veteran's Day.  Each school has a program with special speakers and the kids (Pre-K through 6th grade) make posters of their loved ones that are veterans. 

This year, at the junior high, the kids were asked to email a picture and dates/information so that they could make a slideshow.  The response was overwhelming.  The slideshow is on the junior high website and played all around the school on the monitors throughout the week.

With so much hate going on right now, I just felt like sharing this with you and also to remind you that our children are not lost when it comes to our veterans.  They take pride knowing that their aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent, parent or sibling is part of the military.  They honor them every year and it just gets bigger.

Plus, every campus has a veteran that works there, too.  Truth!  In fact, the most popular 5th-grade teacher is Mr. Lambert and he is retired from the Air Force.  The kids worship the ground he walks on.  His room is decorated with memorabilia and he and the other teachers/veterans on campus always wear their uniforms on veterans day. 

Even though my dad didn't go overseas, he was still part of the military.  In fact, when he got out, he transferred to Newport News, Virginia to a base there so he could work with IBM on some military contracts there.  Some of the procedures that he wrote are still in use today. 

In closing, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanakuah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.



Tina Donahue said...

Great post, Harlie - thanks for sharing.

jean hart stewart said...

Interesting column and handsome photo....

Harlie Williams said...

Thanks, Tina and Jean.

The only thing that we don't do for Veteran's Day in our town has a parade. Veterans are treated to lunch at all the schools, too.