Honoring Our Veterans: A Family Story
By Amy Suski
Like many families, Veteran's Day has special meaning for us. Members of the family have served in the Army and the Navy and two grandparents are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. One of those grandparents, "W.T." or "Dub" was a young father and Army medic when he went missing in Korea. For decades his wife (an Army nurse) and 2-year old daughter never knew what happened to him. Then, against all odds just a few years ago the North Korean government returned six sets of human remains during a diplomatic mission by Governor Bill Richardson for the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. One of those sets had W.T.'s dog tags and was eventually positively identified as W.T. Sixty years after he went missing, W.T. was finally laid to rest at Arlington -- something no one ever thought would be possible. Perhaps finding peace in the knowledge that her husband was finally home, W.T.'s widow (our grandmother) passed away just three months later and was buried alongside him. The pictures here are of her funeral procession at Arlington. As a Captain in the Army, she was offered her own headstone at Arlington, but had chosen instead to be buried with W.T. under his headstone.
On Veteran's Day our family remembers our grandparents and the sacrifices made by so many veterans and their families. In addition to visiting Arlington Cemetery, there are many events around the area on November 11 that provide an opportunity for families to honor our veterans:
For more information about special events and activities to engage students, please visit www.va.gov.
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