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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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