To the editor:
My father was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 447th mobile field artillery attached to the 5th Infantry Division of General Patton’s 3rd Army.
Dad saw combat from August of 1944 constantly through May 1945. He helped liberate a concentration camp and saw the evil he was fighting against first-hand.
Before enlisting in the Army, Dad worked as a lathe sweeper at the General Electric plant in Lynn, Mass. Unfortunately, even though he was a top student and athlete at Revere High School, due the Great Depression, he dropped out of high school.
After coming back home, he returned to the GE plant, worked his way up to being a lathe operator, a foreman and then supervisor of foremen. He respected the unions and working man even after he moved to lower level management. Dad was a quiet man and most definitely part of the Greatest Generation.
My older sister died in August of 1944 while Dad was in combat. My younger sister was ill with a long list of medical issues. She died in 1972. Mom and Dad kept her home and tended to her medical issues there.
We lived with my mother’s father in a very small, blue collar two-family home that Grandpa John owned. Conditions at home were stressful, and money was tight due to medical bills. Dad never complained. He went to church and prayed for us and for world peace.
He practiced his Catholicism and Christianity via prayer, kindness, humility and service. Dad taught me by example to be a family-oriented Catholic, patriot, Democrat and liberal.
My dad fought the Nazis and hated communism and socialism. He would be very offended as am I by those right-wing folks who would label us socialist/communist.
He would tell me to be respectful of all people and their right to shared opportunity.
Dad died in 1977. At his funeral, we made sure the Prayer of St. Francis was a focal point because he lived that prayer daily.
Dad, with pride I proclaim I am an American patriot, a liberal and vote for the candidates that best match the values you taught me. Most of them are Democrat. The only difference between you and me is that sometimes I feel compelled to speak my mind, so here goes.
For those who can’t accept the results of the past election, get over it.
God bless the citizens of the United States, President Barack Obama, all elected office holders and the soul of my dad, Alfonso.