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#529: Dad's Special Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

On November 10th, 1976, at 11:30 p.m., I received a telephone call from Wayne, my brother-in-law in Louisiana. "Lou, your Dad had a heart attack. He's in the hospital and they're not sure if he'll make it."

I worked for United Airlines and had a flight scheduled the next day. With tears in my eyes I called the crew desk and told them I needed to book a flight to Orlando to be with mom and that I had to cancel myself from the next day's flight. A while later a crew scheduler called to say I was set on a Delta flight at 8:00 the next morning. I started packing.

At 1:15 a.m. on November 11, Wayne called again. Dad had died. I continued crying for my dad, a 23-year career Naval officer who had honorably fought for our country. I hadn't wanted him to die but thought it was appropriate that he left us on Veteran's Day.

Every year on November 11, I think of America not only saluting and recognizing other veterans, but also my dad, his last day in the country he loved and protected.

I miss you Dad and thank you and all other veteran's for your sacrifices. This is your day.
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  • BOVEY63
    I am grateful to your dad, all of his comrades, and their families who sacrificed so much for us!
    1843 days ago
    So sorry for your loss Lou. But so thankful for your dad's service to our country! How appropriate that your dad died on Veterans Day. Sorry you didn't make it home in time to see him before he passed.
    Great to see you posting again. Great blog and wonderful tribute to your Dad!
    1929 days ago
    1930 days ago

    What an awesome memoir about your Dad. I don't think there was any coincidence that God took your Dad home on Veteran's Day. God bless him - and you. My heart goes out to you.
    1934 days ago
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    My HEART just goes out to you, Lou! My dad was the closest person to my heart except my John so I sorta relived his last days with you!

    Be blessed, my friend...SO glad to see a blog from you! emoticon emoticon
    1934 days ago
    Lou, so sorry for your loss, friend. I lost my Dad in 1979 and there are times I still feel the loss and cry. We are grateful for your Dad's service as well. God bless you.
    1935 days ago
    Lou, I'm sorry you weren't able to be with your Dad one more time, or with the rest of your family at his passing. Yes, it was appropriate that your Dad died on Veteran's Day. God bless you for sharing.

    I know a bit of what you experienced as a child growing up in a Navy family - I did, too. Our experiences make us even closer to the military.
    1935 days ago
    1935 days ago
    Bless all veterans and bless you, Lou.
    This must be a tough day for you.
    1935 days ago
    Reading this through tears. God bless them all. (p.s. Where have you been? Haven't seen your blogs since Feb.)
    1935 days ago
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