My father joined the Army in early 1942 and served in Europe, where he also met and married my mother. At the end of the war, he briefly enjoyed life upon their return to the United States -- until the Korean conflict. In early 1951 my father was drafted into the Marine Corps, and he then served in the Korean conflict until late 1952. My father never complained of the hardships he endured in both the Army and Marines, and I'm only now aware that he had a difficult time in both conflicts. However, he never complained. Indeed, he certainly expressed his pride in serving in both branches for his beloved country. My father (and mother) have both passed away, but I'll always remember my dad's patriotism, and especially the importance he placed upon Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations.