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To the Uncle I never met – I remember you

Grave of Bellows in Holland

My mother remembers the last time she saw her Uncle Edward. He was home from basic training to see his family before he left to fight in  Europe  in the Second World War. He was wearing his uniform. He held her hand as they walked down main street.  He bought  her an ice-cream cone. He was twenty-five, she was nine.

“And, that’s the last time I ever saw him.”

Her grandparents had received a telegram saying their son Edward was coming home, the war was over.  Nazi Germany had unconditionally surrendered on May 8th, 1945, ending the war in Europe. As they waited for the return of their son, there was a knock on their door. Edward was dead.

She remembers crying at his funeral.

He gave up his seat in a truck to a friend and decided to walk instead. He liked to walk. He stepped on a land-mine. The pieces were gathered up and buried in Holland. He was killed 11 days after the war had ended in Europe.

Today I remember my Uncle, Edward Bellows. Today, I remember all the men and woman who died serving In The United States Armed Forces. Today I remember all the families who had to answer a knock on their door.

I pray for comfort for those who were left behind.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3

Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday to remember American men and women who died while serving in The United States Armed Forces. My uncle fought in the Canadian Armed Forces. I am a Canadian who lives in America. Today I remember the service of my Uncle who died fighting in the Second World War, and I remember all the woman and men who died while serving in The United States Armed Forces. 


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Stacey Shubitz

    I love how you took the time to remember a loved one who you never met, but who touched your life. We remember him with you.

    • Thank you Stacey. Thank you for remembering him with me.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    Best ice cream I ever ate & I still miss him, there’s an empty space in my heart!

    • He loved you mom. He held your hand and walked proudly down the street with you, his niece.

  • Janelle

    Thank you for this simple picture of war through the eyes of a child.

  • I’m so glad you wrote this. My son will soon be going in the army and I can’t bear to think of the heartbreak of losing your child to war. There is no greater sacrifice.

    • I can’t either Kathleen. Praying for all the families today who answered the knock on the door.

  • Brianna Wasson

    What a beautiful way to honor your Great Uncle Edward’s memory today. And the brave people who gave their lives for our freedom. I love the picture of your nine-year-old mom walking down the stree with her hero uncle to get ice cream. Beautiful.