Staff Picks: Honoring Our Veterans
The Fauquier County Public Library is in the fifth year of displaying photo collages of local veterans. The collages are made up of photos shared by family members and veterans which we put on display at all library locations during November. This is my third year of the Veteran’s program and it is my favorite time of year! As a spouse of an active duty Marine, you can understand why. However, I’m not the only one on our library staff that have ties to the military. Several members of our staff have loved ones who have served or are currently serving.
I am fascinated with the photos our patrons share, even more so when I have the opportunity to hear the story that accompanies a photo. Although my husband is nearing the end of his 30-year career and we have begun the “retirement countdown,” the photos of veterans got me thinking: what will I miss most about being a spouse of an active duty Marine? Will it be different as a spouse of a retired Marine? Of course the answer is yes, it will be different and I will miss many things. I’ve spent my entire adult life as a military spouse. If you ask my kids where they are from they’ll tell you where they were born, and likely say “all over.” We’ve climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan and tried foods we’d never try on our own. We learned and lived in a culture much different from our own and I learned a new language: Kon’nichiwa watashinonamaeha jodidesu! [Hello my name is Jody]. We’ve lived on the east coast, the west coast and in a large state in the South and a few in between! We’ve made lifelong friends, some from our great home state of Minnesota, while we we’re stationed across the country. I am grateful for the opportunities our military family has had. I really am a small town girl, living in a great big world.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t share a few of my favorite reading suggestions. They are great reads any time of the year, but are especially relevant as we celebrate Veterans Day and all who serve!
Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley. A fascinating story of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima and the story behind the men on that day.
Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie. A young Marine’s account from boot camp to Guadalcanal during the first World War.
Sgt. Reckless: America’s Warhorse by Robin Hutton. Some of our heroes have four legs. Read all about this tribute to a four-legged purple heart recipient.
And a favorite children’s story: The Wall by Eve Bunting. A story about a father and son who travel to the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. where the fathers shows his son his grandfather’s name on the wall.
If there is one thing I have learned about the many Veterans I have come in contact with is that they are extremely humble. It’s often hard to thank them for their service. For me the greatest way to thank a Veteran is to listen to their stories about their service. The photos we display are just one way to honor our local veterans. Every one has their own story.
Jody- Adult Reference, Warrenton central library