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The Day before Veteran's Day in Arizona

I waited to post this so it would be close to Veteran's Day.

If you indulge me a little I have a story for you, going back in history!

Jack had a HOT T-bird we loved to ride in.   Jack's best friend was a guy named Eddie and they were in high school classes together.    Jack took me for rides in his car and we were friends.   Time passed, the guys graduated and as some of you may remember there was a thing called the DRAFT.   All guys were to go and sign up for the military.   Jack and Eddie did so, together passed the physicals and chose which branch they preferred.   Jack went to the Marines and Eddie decided he wanted the Navy because Vietnam was raging and he did not want to wind up in Vietnam on the ground.   Long story short, Eddie was able to stay home and go to college after all.

It's a good thing because I later met Eddie at a local dance hangout (yes so corny) and that's all she wrote!   That time in America was good in many ways but also filled with turmoil, the younger generation had many new ideas and one was NO WAR.   The nightly news was filled with horrible things about Vietnam, so many lost lives and so many protests were held at home.   We felt sad and disliked what the war was doing to our country.   Vietnam was a world away, it wasn't real for so many people.   It was a 'downer'.

For some people it was VERY real.  Also a sad chapter for us all.  We later found that Jack who celebrated his 20th birthday on December 11 was killed in action on December 31.   Ringing in the New Year was not going to be celebrated by him.      We still think of Jack and have visited the Wall which may be one of the most moving events we have experienced.   Eddie stays in touch with Jack's family to this day.   I made this cigar box collage for Eddie.   Semper Fi Jack.

I used AlteredPages Military collage images and added images of the era.  The crepe paper is on our website.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing the story of Jack and Eddie! Love the cigar box honoring your friend-the crepe paper is wonderful. My father was like your Eddie and I am so thankful for that! He just graduated dental school and was assigned the public health service in the draft getting to stay stateside and make me. Thankful for those not so lucky!!

  2. What a great story Jean (great for you, not so much for Jack). People seem to try and forget Vietnam. My Uncle went over and was killed on his third day there. Some of us can never forget and I was a small child at the time .
    Your cigar box is a work of art. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you for sharing your story and project with us Jean. {{hugs}} to Eddie. Your altered Cigar Box is wonderful! I will forever be grateful to the Men and Women who have given their lives in the name of our Freedom. Thank you for being a part of my hop!!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your story and project. What a wonderful tribute to Jack and all who serve!

  6. Jean, this is such a wonderful story of Eddie and Jack. So many lives have been lost, so many men and women have served selflessly to keep us safe and free. Both my father and husband have served. My father is World War II and my husband during all the turmoil in the Middle East. Your tribute t Jack is beautiful, and I am inspired to make one for my husband and my dad. TFS, and thanks to all the service men and women, as well!


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