Celebrating Richard Arvine Overton, Oldest Living WWII Veteran

Here is the straight up: it is a contentious day here in America three days after the election. It seems like everyone is upset with something and feels like the world is falling apart. GRIDSMART always doubles down when the stakes are high so here goes: “The election does not matter in the big picture because we have the privilege to be feeling contentious thanks to the over one million Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in war.” It is not Memorial Day, but don’t forget that statistic.

Today out of a nation of 320 million, 1.3 million Americans are on active duty with another 1 million serving as reservists. That means that less than 1% of Americans are willing to make the sacrifice that more than 1 million already have to make sure we can bicker, complain, and raise our children in a safe place where there are no limits to what they can be. Fewer than 1% are willing to be that “statistic in the first paragraph.” Is it harder for many than some to achieve this dream that our military protects? Absolutely and that is wrong, but those less than 1% are giving us the chance to make that right.

That same less than 1% has protected us for a couple of hundred years plus and made sure that we have the chance to “screw things up” any way we like. God bless you, each and every one. God bless those who came before and those who serve us now. God bless those who believe and those we hope will believe in time. On behalf of the entire GRIDSMART family, let me say thank you for being willing to pay a cost that can never be repaid although I pray you never have to pay it.

richard-arvine-overtonA very special thanks to Sergeant Richard Arvine Overton, who is our oldest living WW II Veteran and who bravely volunteered and served in the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion even though it was disgracefully labeled a “colored” unit. Thank you, Mr. Overton, Sir. I raise my whiskey glass to you and would be honored to share a “whiskey-stiffened” coffee with you.

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