I was watching the History Channel’s outstanding World War II in HD series tonight, which to me, is an example of the very best of the television medium, and wanted to say a word about Veterans Day. I’ve done this in various ways over the years, whether it be writing about people in sports who served or retelling old stories of where athletics and military have overlapped, even once wrote about U.S. soldiers in the Middle East and what rooting for their teams at home meant to them.
Just recently, in fact, thoroughbred trainer John Shirreffs spent a great deal of time in the news as the trainer of the racehorse Zenyatta, but you may not have known that he enlisted in the Marines in 1968 and served one tour of duty in Vietnam.
At any rate, along with thanks for their service, for Veterans Day today I want to share with you a member of my family, George Garrison, a World War II veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star. George is my great-uncle. He lives in Stanford, Ky., and the following was recorded about a year ago, when he was asked to reflect a little on his military experience.