Happy Memorial Day 2017

   This week’s story needs to be on what Memorial Day means to me. First let me acknowledge the brave men and women in our armed forces for their commitment and sacrifice. They have given much so we can enjoy the freedoms we have. I want to thank them and let them know how grateful I am.

   I especially want to thank my Dad for his service to our country. For those of you who didn’t know Max Wilker, he was in WWII and was a prisoner of war for 3 ½ years. He worked on what was called the death railway in the Burmese jungle, and lived on a bowl of rice a day. When he got out of the service, he weighed 98 pounds. He never really talked about it, but that was always an inspiration to me. I am grateful for the service he gave for his country, and for the example he set for us kids. He taught us that everything worthwhile comes through arduous work and determination.

   I want to acknowledge all my family members who have left this life for the next chapters in their lives. The friendship and strength you showed all of us while you were here helps me every day. I know you are all fulfilling a higher calling. It is such a comfort for the blessing of that knowledge.

   I want to thank Justin and Ryan for all the great times we had with Shannon on Memorial Day. All the times we went camping and enjoying our family are precious memories to me. I cherish them deeply.

   Most of all, I want to wish my angel Shannon a Happy Memorial Day. I want to thank her for the many wonderful things she has done for our family. I want her to know her compassion and empathy is something I will always hold dear. Anyone who knew Shannon would agree what a loving and caring person she is. I want her to know I think about her all the time, and every day is Memorial Day for me.

   I want to thank everyone for reading these stories. It means the world to me and I am grateful for your friendship and support. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day.

     Shannon, from our whole family, HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY and we all LOVE AND MISS YOU!

P.S. One of my Dad’s favorite sayings was, “Drudgery builds character” I must not have had enough “Drudgery”