Memorial Day 2013: A Story Worth Telling

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 06:13 PM.

On Memorial Day

It wasn’t until a trip back home to Ohio a couple of years ago that my mother obtained the documents and an old photograph of the uncle she never knew. Tied up in a blue plastic bag from the Stop-n-Shop was also a small blue box that held a Purple Heart. Inscribed on the back are the words “For Military Merit George A. Nemeth.”

As we looked through the documents and examined the photo at her dining room table last week, I asked my mother why she cared so much to learn the story of a man she never knew.

“I don’t know,” she said, looking at my father, himself a retired Marine, sitting across the table. “I think it’s important to me because of your father.”

She married that young Marine 51 years ago. They lived on this base and that one, and in the process raised four children, each making a contribution to this world in his or her own special way.

George A. Nemeth Jr. never had the opportunity to marry, and he never had any children. But, he contributed to this world in his own special way. And that is a story worth telling. 

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