In a previous post, Brolly mentioned registering WWII Veterans for the WWII Memorial...
It is very simple to do and you can make the entry as simple or detailed as you like. I registered my Father and several Uncles and a few of Dad's shipmates. It was my way of honoring them.
The link is
http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp ... page=intro
There is also the Veteran's History Project. This project is an effort to record Veteran's histories - their lives, war experiences.. They will accept hand written information (or you can type it on the form), video tapes, audio tapes and photographs. I've printed out several of the questionnaires as well as one of my own (they've made it a fill in type form) for Dad's shipmates and my Uncles who served. Like many of you, they don't like to talk about their experiences to family members. I respect your/their feelings. Some might find it easier to record their history for someone outside of their immediate family. This is a way to do that. All I ask is that you consider participating... It's a way future generations can obtain real insight into what you experienced. The forms are easy to print, there are interviews available to look over. The link is
Thanks for considering this...and to the Blue and Gold Crew - just think of what you can add with the LST 325 experience!
<font face="comic sans ms" color=navy size=4>Like Brolly (and maybe SeaBat too?), I'm a Lifetime Charter Member of the World War II Memorial. I "enrolled" my Dad in 2000. It's a great way not only to give a continuing and lasting tribute to your Dad, but also to help support this wonderful WWII Memorial.
I feel a particular fondness and affinity for fellow sons and daughters. In some ways, we've become our own little community. Quite literally, we're all "in the same boat." We haven't lived through their experiences, but we can most certainly honor them. As I wrote on my LST 1110 website, "What counts is that we keep the memory alive, with due credit to those who have served our country and all it stands for. The torch is ours to carry now -- let us carry it with pride, dignity, honor, and remembrance of those who have left us such an outstanding legacy. And let us strive to be deserving."
I, too, would encourage people to honor their parents this way.
Also, you can do much the same thing through The Navy Log at http://www.lonesailor.org. My Dad is on that one too.
Whether our serving parents are still with us or not, the both of these are terrific ways of paying our respects, and making sure that the recognition of their service and dedication lives on.