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My mother and father were married 67 years ago on June 8, 1945, two days after Dadâ€™s graduation from the United States Naval Academy. It was a marriage that would last 59 years.
They met in 1940 when he was a student at the U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she was a student at Averett College in Danville, Virginia. They would be devoted to one another for the next 64 years.
Today, my sisters and I look back at those years in gratitude to the parents who loved us, nurtured us, and set a fine example for us.
I am responsible for all but the b/w photos seen in the collage.
Top row, left to right:
(1) and (2) Mom and Dad at Annapolis on July 9, 1944. They loved sailing.
(3) Dulles Airport, near Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1966: Dad was leaving for Viet Nam and would not return for 13 months. There is a reason why â€œmilitary wivesâ€ often wear sunglasses.
(4) New Yearâ€™s Eve, 1972.
Bottom row, left to right:
(5) Thousand-Island Cruise, St. Lawrence River, Kingston, Ontario, 1962.
(6) Wedding, United States Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Maryland, June 8, 1945.
(7) At the American Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the reception for then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon, 1955. I remember my mother telling me, â€œOne day he will be president.â€
(8) The last photo of my father, days before his death, 2004. My mother, now 88, is hale and hearty and a blessing to her family.
I am linking Jud Strunkâ€™s â€œDaisy a Dayâ€ to this collage. Jud graduated from VMI (â€œVirginia Military Instituteâ€) in 1958, and over the next 20 years Jud earned a solid reputation within the folk, pop, and country music genres. I remember Jud playing at VMI during my cadet days (1966-70). When Jud died from a plane crash in 1981 at only 45, the VMI â€œfamilyâ€ mourned. Please click on the link below for Judâ€™s iconic tribute.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Also by Richard Knight
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