Nov 11 2011

An American Story

Freedom isn’t free.   Service doesn’t come without sacrifice.  Honor those that have served today on Veteran’s day by telling their story.  Read about mine on facebook at klove/Amanda and then come back here and tell me yours. 

Today I am thankful for John Marker, and his service to his country.  He was a farmer.  His Dad was a farmer, His Grandfather was a farmer.  He was the last to work on the family farm in Bement, Illinois.  He was a hero.

Lieutenant James Marker served in WWII. He flew 23 missions with the 15th Air Force in Italy. He was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, the Presidential Citation, the E. T. O. ribbon with five battle stars for participation in the battles of the North Appennines, Po Valley, Central Europe, the Balkans, and Southern France.

One month after being home on furlough in 1945, he married my Grandmother, Emily.  After the war, he came home, they had 4 children and worked on the family farm. 

John Marker was my Grandfather.   I never got to meet him.  He died in 1956 of a heart attack out in the fields of his farm. My mother was only 6 yearsold. My Grandmother, Emily, became a single mom of 4 children in the 50′s.

His simple story and sacrifice made my family possible.  He survived WWII, came home and started a family…set a strong example of hard work and sacrifice.  I’m thankful that he gave my children and I, the American Dream.  

Land of the Free.  Home of the Brave.

I look forward to the day that I get to meet him in heaven, and tell him thanks.

 

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