When I was going through some of my grandmother’s old photographs, I stumbled upon my grandfather’s dog tags from his service in World War II. Since my children never had the privilege of knowing their great grandfather, creating these portraits meant a lot to me. We talked a bit about who he was and what these metal plates were for. I know that they are still a little young to understand completely, but my hope is that a seed has been planted, and perhaps when they begin to learn about World War II in school, they will remember and want to know more. More about their great grandfather who risked his life serving his country, who thankfully came home.
Unfortunately, we were not able to go to the actual World War II memorial in Washington D.C. because of time and travel issues (besides it being closed due to the government shutdown). I would one day like to travel there and take along these tags, and his picture and tell my children more about my grandfather, the war, and world at that time. Until that time, I will cherish these portraits, as a way to bridge the gap between the generations that time would not allow to meet.
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