He recalled his years of service with great pride, pointing out that six of his eight brothers also served in the US military, three of those also in World War II. Some of them are gone now – Joe’s biological brothers, men who were brothers in service to country as well. Many of his military brothers are gone now, too, as are so many others who served in that terrible conflict.
At 92 years old, Joe looks forward to another day in their honor, a day of remembrance and memorial when all of America pauses to pay respect to men like Joe Lecher; men who are part of what’s been called “the greatest generation,” men who were called and went; for love of God and country and family, Joe and millions like him answered the call, leaving everything behind to serve and protect democracy. So many did not return.
“Veterans Day is so important,” Elsie said. “It’s so important for people to remember men like Joe who sacrificed so much so we could be free.”
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