Monday, November 11, 2013

An Armistice Day birthday

On November 11, 1918, my mother-in-law, Thyrza Augusta Lester Knazovich Wiley, was born in Saskatchewan to Michigan transplants who'd moved to the tree-less, bitterly-cold north to try their hand at homesteading. It was Armistice Day. Today she celebrates her 95th birthday. She's seen a lot of Veterans' Days in her long life, a lot of veterans, too. She was married for 50 years to a career army translator, and lived all over the globe, following his career. When he died, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetary.

 She married a second veteran almost 21 years ago, a man who set aside his college education for a couple of years to serve in the China-Burma-India conflict of WWII. She's as proud of this country and the military as if she'd picked up a gun herself. She did serve, after all. No military spouse is left out of what it means to serve one's country. Their sacrifice of time, communication (so different in those days than now!), and physical presence. They know what it means, and they do it.

So today, I celebrate her. Her life, her kindness, her faithful heart.
And I honor all those, like her, who are the at-home veterans of the military, who also serve.
Yes, if I might take some liberty (civilian that I am), I salute you all.

1 comment:

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Happy Birthday to your mother in law! Amazing! 95 years. She and Billy Graham are from the same era. Also the same year as my father was born. Strong, hardy people came from that generation. We were blessed to be raised by them, or in someway connected to them in our own lifetime. Such a rich heritage. Thank you for sharing with us.