BENEFITING: WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
EVENT DATE: Jul 14, 2013
My parents' house is full of venerable photos--photos of the Nicolaisens on my Mom's side, and the Martinez's on my Dad's. One photo that stands out and inspires is a Nicolaisen family picture from late 1945, and probably taken immediately after V-Day. It was when my uncles came home from the war, and my family reunited.
There are lots of men in uniform--Uncle Earling (Al) and Robert (Bobby), back from the Army; Thormod, fresh out of the Army Air Corps and among the few fortunate souls from his unit to make it home; and Stanley, who had distinguished himself in the Army medical corps. There's my grandmother June looking like an Andrews sister in the picture, who sang and sold war bonds; and Aunt Margie, the riveter--which pretty much says it all. (If you knew my Aunt Margie, you'd know the role suited her spirits.) And then there are parents. There are lots of little kids, who are now all grown up. They all did their part and rode out the storm. I hear my Dad's uncles 4-F'ed -- but at least they tried, and no doubt did their part in other ways.
I've never been in the service. I never had a chance to 4-F. But this coming July, I'm participating in the Vineman 70.3, and hoping that you will join me in honoring our servicemen and our veterans.
The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization dedicated to assisting our wounded soldiers with readjustment, rehabilitation and employment opportunity as they come home. I hope you will join me in showing your support, and donating whatever you can. More globally, giving to charity is a simple but noble thing people can do everyday-- especially in these tough times. If not this cause, pick one that resonates with you. It's a gift that keeps giving.
Thank you, and I'll see you in Guerneville on July 14.