The first three paragraphs are about my friend. Just a brief mention but what a lasting memory for me. I will never forget him. I saw him once again, perched high in our July 4th parade as our county's oldest veteran, and he smiled and waved at us all. I know that he did not see me in the crowd, but it was a happy moment for me.
I was invited to his 100th birthday celebration.
It makes me sad that it will not happen, but I console myself that Jim and Bertha are doubtless dancing together once again.
God bless you my friend.