I want to explain why veterans day is so important to me.
My uncle, Private First Class Frank Walters was a Rail Splitter in World War II.
He was in the 84th Infantry Division, 334th Infantry Regiment Fox Company.
I have since learned he was part of what became to be known as the Lost Platoons of Fox Company.
Fox Company went on patrol on Friday, December 1,1944 then two platoons got separated and on Sunday, December, 3,1944 ended up about 6 miles behind German lines.
The batteries in their walkie-talkies were dead they were unable to communicate with their comrades.
They got hit by The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich and when the battle ended only four platoon members were alive.
Frank is my mother’s older brother, she was only nine years old when he was killed.
Over the years I have been alive, I have made friends with several veterans.
Between Uncle Frank and my veteran friends, I have made it part of my life’s mission to help tell the stories of veterans and their struggles.
I am also teaching our daughters to honor and respect our veterans.