Growing up, everyone's Dad was a GI
Oh, he went to war all right
But it wasn't WW 2
it was "The Great War"
now known as World War I
As a remembrance of his service
He was given this engraving
Of the Goddess Columbia
"knighting" a Doughboy
with the inscription
"Columbia Gives To Her Son
The Accolade of the
New Chivalry of Humanity"
Not every WW I vet received one of these
Only the ones that were wounded.
For in "The Great War" there was no Purple Heart
That came later
That came in World War II
Dad was wounded in the Battle of the Argonne Forest
the papers say "slightly"
which I don't really understand.
Perhaps he was wounded and patched on the battlefield
And sent back to battle once more
rather than having to be transported to a Field Hospital
and considered "really" wounded!
Dad always told me that he had been hit by a cannonball.
As a child, I believed him
But as an adult, I know that that was impossible.
Shrapnel perhaps, but not the ball itself.
And before, he was sent to France,
Dad also was sent to the Mexican Border
at the time of Pancho Villa.
He never mentioned that part of his military.
Dad was my hero
And I was proud in a sea of GI kids, to be the lone child of a doughboy
It's Veteran's Day
The day we honor all veterans,
The day I honor my Dad
My favorite veteran!