I am deeply grateful for the freedoms that allow me to celebrate Thanksgiving according to my own convictions and my own conscience. Empty chairs around Thanksgiving tables of many military families will be visual reminders that our freedoms are bought with a price. Although it’s appropriate to express prayers of gratitude for our military each and every day, I look forward to a special, designated day to offer thankful prayers to the Lord for the men and women who serve and sacrifice on behalf of our great country, here in the United States and in far-off lands.
Not only am I grateful for those who currently serve, but also for those who served in the past, like my dad and uncles. Dad celebrated Thanksgiving in Korea when he was twenty-two years old. In the following letter, he describes his Thanksgiving holiday and activities.
Nov. 28, 1952
The last couple of days have been holidays and we have taken full advantage of them.
Yesterday morning we went hunting, few of us guys. But we couldn’t spot anything. We really fired our weapons a lot. I have an automatic carbine and it fires about 30 rounds as fast as you can blink an eye.
When we got back we had a big Thanksgiving dinner. It was good and seems as though everybody done their best to make the day enjoyable. Today the whole Regt. had what is known as a field day. We stayed out all day and played organized games & sports of all kinds. We had a good time but we all are very tired. In the morning I played football and this afternoon we had vollyball & relay races & tug of war against Co’s & different plattoons.
Tomorrow is inspection day and we get back to business.
While chow was being served today George Co. had some more trouble. While on line they were always getting a bunch of men killed or wounded. It wasn’t anyones fault, just seemed bad luck. One of their guys stepped on something today, it exploded & injured 13 of them. None of them were hurt too bad, but so many things like that happen on the hill it just makes them seem very unlucky.
After all the activity I’m pretty tired so will go to bed early.
How is Margaret & _____. Hope all are well. Tell her if Ray gets over hear while were off line I’ll get a pass and go see him. He’ll have a good deal if he stays in the artillery.
Guess I should have a little nephew or cousin by now. Wish Margaret & it a Merry Christmas for me.
I’m just waiting for the 1st of the year so I can say next month I’m going home.
Well guess I’ll close for now and write more later.
Lots of Love,
Happy Thanksgiving! And I hope you have a field day!
I am the keeper of Grandma’s Bookcase and this is what I found.