My Grandfather served in the First World War. He learned the skills to operate a machine gun at Camp Logan, what is now Memorial Park. Fortunately, he missed the train to Galveston to board the ship to fight on the Killing Fields of Europe. After missing the train, he came home to his mother, Catherine Mary Emmott. He cried to her about not being at the railroad station on time. Grandfather, “Paw Paw”, told me his entire unit died in battle. The average life expectancy of a machine gunner in battle was two minutes. Paw Paw was assigned to be a trainer in the School of Fire in Georgia. He taught brave soldiers the art by day and rode by horseback at night with Teddy Roosevelt’s nephew to fish on the Savannah River.
I treasure the WWI machine gun bullet box he gave me.
I have pride in his service to our country.
I am thankful for all the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives and who served to preserve our precious liberties.
Lord, May You please bless all Americans who have served or sacrificed their lives in the military to preserve and protect America from evil. In the giving of their lives we have received the gifts of peace, opportunity and freedom to learn, grow, earn and love. May Your angels illumine their paths with the light of Christ. May your unfailing love heal their wounds and comfort the hearts of family and friends left behind. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 145-lawyer full-service firm in Houston, Dallas and Waco, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to the Bending Angel website.