It would seem that one morning, a few weeks ago, I awoke to a totally different world that the one I had gone to bed with the night before. This has been especially poignant because of the death of my Dad. He was 81 years old...His health issues were many and his last few months difficult. When his condition deteriorated, it wasn't a total surprise that his body just couldn't maintain the fight any longer. I will always regret that I never got o see him again before he passed away, but a prayer was answered when I got to speak to him one last time on the phone...And he did get to be at home when the end came, something he wanted desperately.
So many of people have messaged me with condolences and positive comments about the US Flag Cross that I just completed making to honor him, I just want to say thanks to you all! I believe that my father would have been very pleased by the positive outpouring of love and support during this time. I also believe that some context is in order here. I'm going to give you a very brief overview and then, if you want, please watch the video.
So...my parents separated and were divorced before I was born. I won't drag up all of the past stuff, for there is no need. My parents had their differences and, in the end, it wasn't meant to be. Growing up, I didn't see or talk to my father a great deal. After the divorce, he rejoined the Army and spent the next 30 years traveling all over the world. We weren't particularly close and it wasn't until I was out of college that we really had any type of meaningful relationship.
But, I've always respected my father's military service, and so, when he passed, I decided, basically, on THAT morning, that I wanted...no, I NEEDED to do something to recognize this. I love my father...I am a Christian...and there is no greater symbol of love than Jesus Christ on the Cross. My father was a career officer in the US Army, and saw combat duty in Vietnam. For me...there is no greater symbol of his love of country than the flag that he spent his life defending. So...I chose to make this Flag Cross to honor my Dad, but also the thousands who served in Vietnam. For most Vietnam veterans, there was never been anything but hurt and anguish over that terribly unpopular war. On this MEMORIAL DAY, I want to give this to all of them...
I've seen a few versions of this Cross that professionals make, but what you see is my interpretation. It's not perfect and it's not professional, but it's mine and it's a symbol of my thankfulness for and my love of BOTH my earthly father and my Heavenly Father!
PEACE & LOVE
Husband, father, sinner saved by the Grace of God, old teacher, wood-worker, bad golfer, USM Golden Eagle (forever) and MSU Bulldog lover (It's a daughter thing)