My grandpa wrote this nearly twenty years ago and I wanted to share it with you all.
July 4th 1995
To Our Grandchildren:
This has been a good day mainly because we live in the greatest country presently on the face of the earth. All is not perfect with our country; our land is showing a few warts but I’m sure that you, the younger generation, can remove them to better our society.
We must never forget the great price paid for our freedom starting way back in time at Lexington and Concord and much sacrifice was endured up to and including the times during WW2. Many brave men have laid down their lives for our present days wellbeing.
I’m proud to have been a part of the 4.3 million-man Navy, the largest Navy by far ever to go to sea to take on the enemy. Dictators will come and go; the best part is when they go. Hitler, by starting WW2, caused 52 million deaths across the wide world. And speaking of our Armed Forces’ loss of life, they gave up all their tomorrows so that we can enjoy today.
So be alert so that your land and mine will always be in the right and always remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.
This was written by Lawrence Porter Rehkopf, who served in the US Navy for 20 years.
He was in Hawaii when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and on the first ship to go into the area to help afterwards. He is now 94 years old and lives in Escondido, California. Thank you to Dad (6 children), Grandpa (16 grandchildren), and Great Grandpa (18 and counting)!!!