People all around the world commemorate the veterans of World War I and II. After all, those who fought are the ones who sacrificed—they left their families and put their lives on the line to answer the call of duty for their country. Nowhere else is the display of courage and sacrifice as evident as in the armed forces.
Every year on Nov. 11, people in the United States celebrate Veterans Day to venerate those brave soldiers who served in the wars.
For those who’ve been in the U.S. armed forces or know a loved one who served, the significance is even greater.
Claudia Primos, who resides in Mississippi, is someone who deeply appreciates the importance of respecting our veterans. Her father, Aleck Primos, was a lieutenant who had served in World War II.
On her Facebook page, Claudia shares how her father was in the U.S. Navy, serving in China behind enemy lines, training Chinese guerrilla fighters.
Aleck was discharged from the Navy in 1946 and joined his father in the restaurant business. Claudia shares that her dad was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf.
“He was so full of life, and quite a unique character,” Claudia wrote of her father in a Nov. 16, 2018, Facebook post. “Everybody’s favorite and much loved. Kept us laughing with his cute little boy ways.”
She provided a few humorous examples of this, such as—“I’m half French and half Greek, and that makes me a Freek!” she recalls her father saying.
Moreover, he “never complained, [was] always upbeat and positive…”
However, when Aleck was in his 90s, his health began to decline. He passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2018.
“…coming to grips with losing Daddy has been a struggle, as any of you know who have lost a parent or anyone you’ve loved,” writes Claudia. “Daddy was the biggest part of my life, so finding a ‘New Normal’ has been an ongoing process and quite a challenge to say the least.
“I find myself delving whole heartedly into projects to the point of obsession, just to avoid thinking about how much I miss him.”
She continues, “But life goes on, and today I received the news of the birth of my cousin’s new son, and looking forward to the birth of my niece’s (our Edie’s mom) new baby in December.”
"Life without Father"/ a treat from a sweetRuthie Mitchell, did you know that the Primos gingerbread boy and fudge…
Before the late Lt. Primos was carried out of the State Veterans Home in Oxford, Mississippi, his body was respectfully draped in the American flag.
What followed next was something that left Claudia overwhelmed.
"Life without Father"/ His Funny SayingsEven though I know he's in a better place , coming to grips with losing Daddy…
The halls of the hospital, which are usually silent and empty, were filled with people.
Veterans and staff members had lined up to pay their respects to the fallen hero.
A recording of “Taps” played gently in the background as the veterans saluted Primos, or placed hand over heart to honor him.
Claudia filmed the send-off and shared the scene to her Facebook page, where its gained a lot of attention.
The video has since triggered a wave of patriotism across social media, with fellow Americans paying their respects. It was undoubtedly the most meaningful and beautiful send-off for this much-loved veteran.
Watch the video below:
"Life with Father"/ a final military saluteDaddy was a lieutenant in World War II,serving in China behind enemy lines training Chinese guerilla fighters.As Daddy was carried out of the VA last night, his body was draped with the US flag. The veteran residents lined the halls to salute him as "Taps"was played. All staff members were there ,too. Such honor and deserved respect shown there for our men who fought so valiantly for our country.I took the video for my brother and sister, because they were not able to be there with me. Thought you might appreciate this too, since you've traveled this journey with him and appreciate the honor all of our veterans deserve.
Posted by Claudia Primos on Wednesday, 17 October 2018