Friday, May 25, 2007
Paul Harty Sr - Memorial Day 1943
Here is a picture of my Grandpa, Paul Harty Sr., that I have never seen before. It is a great picture of him. He would be 21 years old at the time this was taken. He served over in Europe, but I am not aware of what his unit was, or the engagements or any of those details. I do know he was injured while serving. I believe the injury lead to an early release. Not sure on the details. I hope my Dad can provide them soon.
At any rate, this is a great way to honor him (and of course, the hundreds of thousands of men & women who have served God's Greatest Nation on the Earth since Americans fought for and won our Independence from Great Britain) on this Memorial Day. After all, the holiday is set as a special time to honor those who died in action, or even those who served but have now passed on by natural causes, and their sacrifices for us.
Grandpa Harty was a regular, everyday American who stepped up to rid the world of wrong, best he could, when his Country needed him the most. And that regular, everyday quality and the power derived thereof, is what makes America - the United States of America - the greatest Nation on God's Green Footstool. The average person can step forward and be free to be a leader. There is no compulsion to do so. It all comes from within. And when men step forward to do so, and have the support and hopes of their wives, families and neighbors...watch out! No unhallowed power formed by wicked men can stop them.
And that is how the right prevailed in World War II...the regular, everyday American ...answering the call of the oppressed across the world, to fight and defeat evil leaders and their causes before the cancer of their wickedness came to our sacred shores.
Just regular, everyday Americans...like my Grandpa Harty!
Thank you Grandpa, for your service to our land!