This past Sunday, I attended a Veteran's Day Service with my Dad. For some reason, the lights were turned down to a very dim level so I couldn't get any good photos. I have been going with him to this service for the past few years, so I will post some photos from those past years...
A few years ago, the main speakers at the service were Ben and Anne Purcell. They had written a book titled "Love And Duty". Ben Purcell had been in the Vietnam war. He had been captured and held prisoner for five and half years while his wife was at home caring for their five children. There, that sounds so easy to type that and to read it, doesn't it? But think about it, really think of it...FIVE AND A HALF YEARS! And in all that time, Anne never knew if her husband was dead or alive and the government certainly didn't give her any help or indication of where or how her husband might be.
During his time in Vietnam, Ben Purcell tried to escape and his writing of his attempts to escape and also how he managed to keep his faith while imprisoned is truly inspiring. Equally inspiring is his wife Anne's story how she was able to care for her children and at the same time try desperately to get the United States government to understand the plight of these men held in captivity in Vietnam.
Earlier this week I mailed a letter to Ben Purcell, because I wanted him to know that I am remembering him on this Veteran's Day (Remembrance Day in England and Canada). I was thrilled that I was able to shake both of their hands and also introduce my Daddy to them and even get a photo of the three of them together.
Ben & Anne are a wonderful Christian couple and their faith is something to behold. It was an honor to meet them both. If you ever get the chance, please read their book. Ben will tell his story in one chapter and then Anne will tell her story in the next, and the book continues in that way, each taking a turn and that way, you get their whole story... I asked them to sign my book and they graciously did so, and Ben wrote this:
"May you always be blessed with Love and Freedom".
They now operate a Christmas tree farm in Clarkesville, Georgia and also speak about their book at public engagements. Just a note here, I first found their book at our local library which had been DONATED to the library by Ben and Anne Purcell. They truly are a wonderful couple...
Now, may I share a few more photos with you?
These photos are of my wonderful Dad in his comfortable overalls which
were taken this past Sunday after we got back to his house after the service. He is out in his garden showing off his turnip greens, collards and cabbages. (He couldn't wait to get out of his suit!)
That is romaine lettuce that he is holding there. You know he gave it to me! (Along with a big bag of green peppers and green tomatoes!)