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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. That means pool parties and barbecues, or, if you're older than Justin Bieber, it brings back memories of our mothers and grandmothers' warnings not to wear white until the last Monday in May. How many of us still follow that old rule?
More important than summer fun and white pants, Memorial Day is a holiday reserved for those who have fought and sacrificed to make our country great. I remember my grandfather's stories of how he led a platoon of soldiers through northern Africa. My heart swelled with pride, because I knew that in WWII, it was uncommon for an African-American man to hold a leadership position in the Army.
Grandpa's recollections stuck with me, so much that I found myself creating heroes in stories of my own. Those familiar with the romance genre know that the male lead is referred to as the hero. I didn't want to take that term for granted. Rowe Winford, the hero in my upcoming historical romance, The Preacher's Wife, is a Civil War veteran. The strength and integrity he displayed during wartime is still very much a part of him when he has to make a decision to stand up for an ostracized and ridiculed young woman. I enjoyed writing his story and wanted to continue featuring military men in the Brides of Assurance series. I am currently working on the tentative third installment featuring a courageous Buffalo Soldier named Adam Campbell.
I also happen to have a hero in real life. My husband currently serves in the armed forces. His dedication to God and the Army Chaplain Corps shows in his work ethic. I couldn't be more proud of him.
Have a great Memorial Day, and if you see one of our country's service members, please show them your appreciation!
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