In His Own Words: A Veteran Remembers:
Veterans Day is November 11th. The month of May’s Memorial Day honors those who served in America’s military and have died. Those veterans’ service recollections are now told by others in second- and third-person stories. Veterans Day honors those who have served and who are still alive to tell their service stories to us directly, in their own words. A good way to mark Veterans Day is to ask a Vet about his or her military experiences, and then, to thank them in person.
So, I asked a Veteran to tell me more about his service. You know, either directly or indirectly, this Vet but you might not have ever realized he served our country here and abroad. For over a decade, the end note of every Gardening Gusto column reads, “… illustrated by pediatrician/gardener/ artist Peter Gergely.” Today it will read: “… illustrated by pediatrician/gardener/artist/ United States Army Major (retired) Peter Gergely”
Here are Peter’s Veterans Day recollections, in his own words:
“I enlisted after I was accepted into medical school at Tufts in the Health Professions Scholarship program. They paid 100% of my Medical School tuition, a monthly stipend, plus all supplies. That was in 1976. I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. I