Monday, May 25, 2015

James H. Patterson Sacrifice for Country

I am reposting this about my family member who gave all....



On this Memorial Day weekend.....I want to recognize my grandmothers brother who gave his life for our country in World War I.


James Harvey Patterson

my aunt Sue remembers her mom saying....... Harve left in tears saying "I will never be back" as he walked away on that old country dirt road (not on a volunteer basis like we have now).

He was killed on October 4, 1918 just weeks before the war ended and was buried in Flanders Field. He did not make it back to American soil.....of course that always bothered my grandmother.




I am thankful to all who made that supreme sacrifice on this Memorial Day weekend!



9 comments:

Sandra said...

I can't read the sign on the YMCA, my son and his wife live in Copperhill, TN and i did not know they had a YMCA. do you live near or in Copperhill? this is a perfect tribute to grandmothers brother..

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

this plaque is from my hometown, Copperhill TN

Betsy Adams said...

Happy Memorial Day, Kim. Hope you are having a great day today.

Let's never forget those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy the freedoms we now enjoy. God Bless your Grandmother's Brother, James.

Hugs,
Betsy

Connie Arnold said...

God bless him and s many, many others who have lost their lives. It is heartbreaking. Thank you for your poignant post today, Kim.

Karen Mortensen said...

What a wonderful man he was. Thanks so much for putting this up today.

Elephant's Child said...

Heart breaking indeed. Thank you.

Crystal Mary said...

Gosh I hate that young men die, and you Uncle voiced what he knew, he would never be back. Much love sent your way. I lived in Rogersville TN for 3 years and during that time my hubby took me to see Crossville. I wanted to see when the soldier Alvin York came from. All our soldiers are special. I salute, my U.S. Marine hubby injured and never the same. My father and uncle in WW2 and grandfather in WW1.. In Australia we have a stature of a soldier remembrance in every town. The day we celebrate is called ANZAC Day and it begins with a dawn service, then another at 10am, with free meals for all vets and marches. Every thing all over the country stops that day. No shops open and we all say,
" They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
LEST WE FORGET." This is also spoken out every night at 6pm in the Returned Soldiers Club.

Small Kucing said...

It's sad. They are gone but not forgotten

sprinkles said...

This is a lovely tribute to your grandmother's brother.

I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day.

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