By Dennis Powers
JACKSBORO, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – I get cold chills every time I hear TAPS played for our fallen soldiers, and I remember my cousin who was shot out of a helicopter in Vietnam. He gave his life for the country he loved.
My brother served in the 101st Airborne. My dad gave 4 years, 4 months and 13 days of his life to serve during World War II and then came home and put on another uniform to serve his community. Both of his brothers also fought in WWII.
Their service taught our family early in life that our priorities should be God, family and country – in that order. On behalf of all we civilians, I want to thank all veterans for their service, commitment and sacrifice. Please know that there are many of us who continue to pray for all of our men and women in uniform, our veterans and all of their families.
After walking the beaches and visiting the graves and memorial in Normandy and the WWII and Vietnam memorials in D.C, it has even more meaning. We will never forget. May God bless all of our soldiers and may God continue to bless the United States of America. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/31/2021-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF COUSINS DENNIS AND BILL POWERS-REPUBLISHED – 05/29/2023-6AM)