Saturday's Veterans Day parade in downtown Staunton, Va, saw many families lining the streets to wave American flags and cheer as floats passed by filled with local veterans. The community honored past and present military members including many who vividly remember the details of war.
One of those local
veterans is a quiet, unassuming gentleman, slightly stooped with graying
Until last year, few people knew that he had suffered
life-threatening injuries during the Korean War.
Now in his 70s, Tom LaBarge (pronounced La-BARGE) does not like to bring attention to himself. That
was very evident as he reluctantly gave in to my persistent prodding to
talk about his military service after a surprise presentation in 2009
of war-time medals that had been long overdue. Four of his seven grown
children had flown from Minnesota to Virginia for the event, and I had
been invited by his wife Millicent to join them.... (continue reading here)