Memorial Day Honors Larry Greene Sr.
Larry Green Jr., of Georgetown, has had family members in the military dating back to the 1800s, so I went to visit with him. We talked about his family and how it pertains to Memorial day along with this thoughts on this special day.
I said to him that the editor for GAB News, Scott Harper, has a pet peeve about people saying, “Happy Memorial Day,” and asked what his thoughts on it were.
“There’s nothing happy about it,” he said of the phrase. “People died… gave the ultimate sacrifice… family’s lost their loved ones who fought to preserve our freedoms and our God-given rights, so forgive me if I don’t find happiness in it. It’s a day of remembrance to those that gave so much to us.”
Larry was born into the military. In fact, he was born in an Army hospital atIreland Army Hospital, Fort Knox, Kentucky. He, himself, was not able to join the military because he’d broken his legs and was not able to join. His brother and uncle were in the military and his sons plan on joining the service, as well.
Larry’s great-grandfather was an Irishman. He was a child coming to America and grew up to fight in World War I as a man. He retired in 1918 as a Major. His grandfather (Darr)served on the USS Dominican Republic,while his Uncle Roger fought at Hamburger Hill (You may remember the movie). He was in the 101st Air Born and his brother, Chris, was a Navy Seal.
However, it was Larry’s father, Larry Green Sr., whom he spoke the most to. He has many of his father’s personal affects and pictures of him scattered about in a collage paying homage to his childhood hero. He’s very proud of his father, indeed, his entire military family, and has a great respect for military personnel, even keeping in touch with his father’s war brothers.
Larry Sr. had a Woobie, which is a military blanket given to many soldiers in place of sleeping bags, especially to those that served in the Vietnam Conflict. He had the Woobie made into a jacket, which was the custom of many soldiers who served. Larry Jr. still has it – it’s matted and framed for preservation.
His father was a Sargent in the Army and fought in the war. Larry spoke with pride as he continued, “We went to Maine for a while where he ended up joining the Reserves and while in the Reserves, we went to Washington DC where he worked as a police officer. He was a highly decorated officer, too. Later, here in Georgetown, my father was on the police force. The late Sheriff Lane Cribb was good friends with my dad, and the current one, Carter Weaver, likewise remembers my dad, too.” Larry Sr., retired as a Lt. Colonel from the 11th Armory Calvary before his passing in 2014.
Larry is a firm believer that you respect your military and the police. You stand for the American Flag, and you stand and place your hand over your heart for the National Anthem. “There are too many people – too much blood shed, not to respect it. These people gave their all and you should remember that the next time you take a knee. People died to give you the right to do that.”
I agree with my interviewee: these men and women are our warriors, our guardians of freedom, and our heroes. With respect, I honor each and every one of our fallen brothers and sisters this Memorial Day and thereafter. Thank you, Larry Green Jr., for lending me your time and sharing your family history with me. It was a delightful pleasure.
Here is a little guide to help you understand when you see money or change left on a tombstone in a military cemetery:
A penny: you visited. You have no relationship with the soldier, but you were there as a guest to honor their services.
A nickle: you trained together at a boot camp somewhere.
A dime: you served with the deceased in some capacity.
A quarter: you were there with the person when they died.