Today, we show respect and gratitude to those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. We honor those who have given of themselves to our Armed Service. Our debt to their call of duty is large. Parades have been taking place and many businesses are offering special deals to our deserving vets. Here in my hometown, our library held an event that assisted families in writing letters to a soldier. With the holidays upon us, it would be an especially good time to remember those deployed by writing a note of encouragement and thanks. Military Missions is in need of cards and notes to be included with care packages sent to troops around the world. Military Missions desires to put at least 10 cards within every care package. They love schools, churches and clubs to have children spend a few minutes making cards. According to their website; “Dear friend” is a great way to begin your note. For $30.00, you can adopt a hero and have a care package sent. Cards can be mailed to: Military Missions Inc., 3650 Boston Rd., Suite 146, Lexington, KY 40514.
And while we honor our veterans, we think of those who worry, work and carry on while their loved ones are away. Melissa Higa is senior airman for the U.S. Air Force and has been deployed to Korea for nine months. She was very much missed by her daughter, Riley, who wished her mother home for her tenth birthday. After she was told her mother wouldn’t be able to come, she wrote to President Obama asking if he could please call her mother’s boss to let her off. The letter was never sent, but Melissa was able to surprise her daughter. Thinking she was being interviewed about her request to the President, a sad Riley had no idea her mother was going to be there. You can watch their joyful reunion here.
During War World II, while women worried and carried on, our country asked them to work in a different way. They were encouraged to leave behind their kitchens, vacuums and kids to become part of the war effort. Women could help America by taking on factory jobs traditionally held by men. Rosie The Riveter, a hit song of that era, came to symbolize these women who served their country by earning an hourly wage. While it became acceptable and patriotic for women to fill this void, they were expected to return to their homes or office jobs at war’s end. In 1942, Elinor Otto, now age 93, joined the war effort riveting wing sections of C-17 cargo planes for 65 cents an hour. Says Elinor; “We were part of this big thing. We hoped we’d win the war. We worked hard as women, and were proud to have that job.”
Elinor looked for other employment, including becoming a carhop. Not being able to roller skate soon brought an end to that. She considers it lucky that she was soon rehired due to the booming aircraft industry. For over 70 years, she has been faithful to her job. The local legend serves an inspiration to her co-workers as she arises at five every morning to arrive at the Boeing plant to begin driving in rivets. As an original Rosie, her town honored her by founding the Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach, CA.
A heart-felt thanks to our veterans.
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Lily Doe has written for ImperfectWomen.com since 2009. She has never been shy about sharing her opinion and enjoys writing on a variety of topics. Her life’s focus is sharing good times with family and friends.
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