1st. Lt. William D. Britton
United States Army
1 Cav Div Airmobile
My Memorial Day is always honored toward all of those who serve in the United State Armed Forces, but specifically to this man. My paternal grandfather who gave his life in Vietnam just one month and one day after arriving. He left behind a pregnant wife. Four months later, she delivered William D. Britton, Jr. Twenty-one years later, I was born and then my brother 21 months after that. During my early childhood, I did not understand much about my grandfather. In my teenage years is when I began to investigate and understand who my grandfather was and what I came from. This quote sums it up:
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
– Benjamin Disraeli
Today I celebrated Memorial Day with my father and daughter. I snapped a picture of them fishing together and later looking at the photo, I just thought of what my grandfather left behind. But most importantly, what he ensured his son and descendants would be able to enjoy in freedom.
Today and every day I am thankful for his sacrifice.
I hope you celebrated and thoroughly enjoyed your families this weekend. And more than that, I hope you remembered to thank a military service man and/or woman.