May 28, 2012
RedCampers studio is a block away from Coors field, and as I put together this post, 3 fighter jets flew overhead for the opener of todays Rockies game. It's Memorial Day, a day to remember all those that have served our country. This day means a lot to me, for many reasons, and I'll share just a few. Memorial Day 2002 my family buried my grandparents who had passed away 2 months from one another after a life long romance. Gram & Lu were buried that day in the Arlington National Cemetery with a full procession and a 21-gun salute. This respectable burial was the least that could be done to mark the passing of two truly remarkable individuals. Two individuals that had tremendous influence on me, and inspired the creation of RedCamper 8 years ago.
Gram, and Lu met on a train in Chicago while Gram was on leave in 1944. Immediately they fell in love, despite other relationships they were in, and were married within months going on to a lifetime of adventure. Gram climbed the ranks in the military flying planes in Africa and supporting operations through WWII as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army (pre Air Force). Lu, also an aspiring pilot, dutifully created home and raised 3 children, one of those my father, in Mississippi, Turkey and Germany, finally settling in Florida where they retired from the military and Gram went on to fly for Pan Am.
I am so very thankful for him, and for Lu, for their honorable service to our country and for all the other servicemen and women that have over the decades created this country, that while isn't perfect, is a pretty great place to be from, to live in. Thank you.
Gram and Lu on 4.4.44.
Gram and his crew. Gram sporting the Rolliflex that predated his 35mm camera that created all those amazing slideshows of my youth.