A story of service on Veterans Day

My Grand Uncle enlisted in the Army during World War II. Later in the 1950s he also served in the Marines. He was born in Panama during the Spanish flu pandemic. Survived it! Then immigrated to America with the family at age 14. Thanks to his father’s work on the Panama Canal he became a naturalized citizen.

America often overlooks or discounts the contributions of immigrants and Black citizens in building and protecting the nation. My uncle is one of the hidden figures of the war — the ones who are typically absent from movies about wars and who served despite not having equal rights that all citizens deserve.

If you appreciate those who protect our freedom, remember to do something for a veteran throughout the year — beyond just thanking them.

Thank you for your service Uncle Cuthbert and everyone who has served. America wouldn’t have gotten this far without you. 🇺🇸

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