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Memorial Day


Blog Posted:5/23/2014 5:55:00 PM
Every time I read this by our own Bob Quigley, it brings a tear and a thanks!
Please visit Bob's page and say thank you!

Gold Star

I remember as a young boy, going out to play, I would sometimes see old Mr. Kimball, sitting on the steps of his porch, often reading the paper. World War II was in full swing so the newspapers and radios were avidly sought out for the latest news.  Mr. Kimball was a fireman, and probably not even that old, but he seemed that way to me.  Sometimes, he would invite me to sit with him and we would talk about everything and nothing.  I loved spending time with him because, he was the only grown up I knew that took the time to entertain the mind of a young boy.  In his front window hung a small flag. It had a red border surrounding a white field, upon which there were two blue stars.  I was always curious about it, so I asked him what it was.  He said “It's a Sons in Service flag.  One star for each son serving.  You remember my boys don't you?”  I did of course.  Chuck, the oldest, used to tease me, calling me a sissy to get a reaction.  Bobby was a couple of years younger, and the bike I was riding once had been his.  Mr. Kimball went on to explain how Chuck was now in the Army and fighting in France.  Bobby was in the Navy, aboard a ship somewhere in the Pacific.  He didn't say it, but I'm sure he was worried about both, communications being what they were back then.  One day, when I was walking over to see him, I noticed that the flag had changed.  It now carried one blue star, but the other one was gold.  With the innocence that comes of being a child, I asked what the gold star meant.  He quietly said “It means Chuck is coming home”, and without further comment, he turned and went in the house.  A couple of days later, I saw a hearse pull up to the Kimballs house, and four men carry a flag draped box up the porch steps.  That is the moment the meaning of war came to a small boy.  I knew Chuck was home.
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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 11:23:00 AM
    Thank you so much for sharing this sad but very wonderful story that melted my heart my dear friend Craig. Thanks to Bob as well. This reminds us the significance of Memorial Day. God bless. love lots and hugs, Leonora

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 9:13:00 AM
    Thank you Bob Quigley!!

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  1. Date: 5/23/2014 9:15:00 PM
    It gave me goose bumps. what a fantastic way to relate the story of war, from a child's view!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/23/2014 9:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'll go see the author on my way off here.
  1. Date: 5/23/2014 8:16:00 PM
    Yes thank you, that is the meaning of war loss of life ... I'm going to Bob's site. Light & love

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  1. Date: 5/23/2014 6:32:00 PM
    Thank you, Craig, for drawing our attention to a heartfelt, and touching story. As some of us are looking at this as a holiday weekend, a chance to celebrate getting away, or having a barbecue, we need a reminder what it is all about. A very thoughtful story, and moving story.

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