By Margaret Backhurst
I heard on the radio this morning that an original member of the Tuskegee Airmen of the 99th Fighter Squadron, Col. Herbert E. Carter, died yesterday at age 93. The African-American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen were among the most heroic of World War II. Col. Carter flew 77 missions in the war. Today the flags in Tuskegee will fly at half staff honoring him until his burial.
When I learn of a veteran’s story such as this it’s almost unimaginable that this is just ONE incredible account amongst the thousands from the courageous men and women who have served our country for over 200 years. The dedication and sacrifice of those who have gone into battle, and still daily defend us from the ugly brutality of terrorism, humbles me to the core and instills a deep sense of pride of being an American.
In a very small way, Red Chair has been honored to serve our area’s veterans through our design work at the Department of Veterans Affairs James H. Quillen Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN. Whether our designs have made it easier for a veteran to find their way to the hospital lab or nursing station or we’ve simply provided a little daylight and cheerful color in a waiting room, we are thankful for opportunity to make their day just a little better. Whether it’s the staff or the patients we engage at VAMC, we remain inspired by all we meet there.
As we’ve just watched the Veteran’s Day parade roll by our office, for this Veterans Day 2012 Red Chair offers our most sincere and deep gratitude to those who have served and are currently serving our nation. Through the tremendous sacrifice of our veterans and their families, our country with all its challenges, remains one of greatest and most blessed nations in all of history.