Thank You, Veterans

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Today we honor all veterans on the 104th anniversary of Armistice Day, which later came to be called Veterans Day.

I want to show special honor to Ray’s parents and to mine. Both of our fathers served in the U.S. Army. Both of our mothers married our fathers while they were serving.

Ray’s father, Wesley Biddle Notgrass, served in Europe during World War II. He married Joan Kathleen May Clark in 1945, in her hometown of Bristol, England. Here they are pictured on their honeymoon on the beach at Weston-super-Mare in North Sussex, England. Like future Queen Elizabeth II and more than 250,000 other British women, Joan served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

Joan and Wes Notgrass, 1945

My father, Charles Leland Boyd, served in the U.S. during the Korean War. He married Ollie Evelyn Farmer in her hometown of Springfield, Tennessee, in 1953. Here they are pictured at their wedding. While Daddy continued to serve, Mother worked at Aladdin Industries in Nashville, Tennessee, a plant which made transistors for the U.S. military.

Charles Leland and Evelyn Boyd, 1953

Thank you, veterans.

Pay to all what is due them:
tax to whom tax is due;
custom to whom custom;
respect to whom respect;
honor to whom honor.
Romans 13:7


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