Front Sight’s Monday Blog: Memorial Day Thank You
May 28th, 2012
Most of you do not know that a decorated WWII Marine who saw action on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima provided the single greatest influence in shaping my interest in firearms.
It can be said with total certainty that had he not made the effort to introduce me to the importance of weapons in the hands of responsible citizens, and shared with me the comfort of skill at arms, Front Sight would have never been born so many years later.
I met him as a wet-behind-the-ears young man. He later became my father-in-law.
We spent many evenings together watching westerns and any movie that featured John Wayne. He shared with me the sacrifice that men and women of his generation suffered to allow our country to remain free for the next generation, no matter how little we understood or appreciated what had transpired before us.
He taught me more than he ever imagined and inspired me beyond any thanks I could give him.
In his final hours I held his hand and told him that he was a great man for valiantly serving his country; providing for his family; and raising self-sufficient, productive children.
I told him that although we would miss him dearly, he was free to go. He had completed his mission with honor and we were all better because of him.
And I told him his influence on me would positively affect hundreds of thousands of people through Front Sight.
He squeezed my hand and as tears ran down our faces, I knew he understood.
As a result, Memorial Day means much more to me than barbecues, parades and a national day off work.
I would like to personally thank all veterans and their families for the sacrifices they provide to keep us free.
Watch for my e-mail tomorrow.
I have something VERY SPECIAL to THANK ALL Front Sight subscribers, students, and members that has NEVER BEEN PROVIDED BEFORE and will make every veteran quite proud of Front Sight for arming and training their fellow Americans to protect our freedom now, and into the future.
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