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Editor's Letter - November 2014


Thank You For Your Service

by Ellen H. Brisendine

Our cover this month comes from the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (FWSSR) and James Phifer, a talented rodeo photographer. We are running this rodeo shot to remind TSCRA members to look in this issue for the form to order free grounds passes for the FWSSR.

Our friends at the Stock Show are again extending this generous offer to members: free admittance to the Stock Show grounds for the duration of the event, Jan. 16 to Feb. 7.

Use the form in the magazine, or go to and click on the FWSSR logo to access a form to order passes.

You can also order tickets to the wildly popular ranch rodeo and Saturday night party. Ranch rodeo tickets will sell out so be quick to order.

This month we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S. Americans are called to pause and remember the freedom in which we live and the price paid, over and again, for that liberty. In September, I had the privilege to attend a reunion of my father’s bomb group from World War II.

His group mates were few and in their 90s. Some of the men gave short talks about camp life in that wheat field and olive grove in Italy. The accents of the presenters — southern, midwestern, distinctly Brooklyn, Hispanic — and the attendance of the son of a Tuskeegee Airman were a testament to a time when we all came together for a cause that made our personal agendas unimportant.

Though their bodies were old and voices quavered with age, their hearts seemed to become young and their faces glowed with the mischief of a cunning 19-year-old when they recalled how they “acquisitioned” supplies to make life more comfortable.

Most touching was that even 70 years later, these men still suffered deep sorrow for those who did not survive.

If you know a World War II veteran, get him or her to tell you or someone in your family stories of those days. Like me, most of the adult children knew very little of their parents’ experiences during the war. It seems to take grandchildren to get the survivors to reminisce.

In this Thanksgiving month, please allow me to say thank you to the men and women who have served this country and to those who continue to volunteer to protect our freedom.

Conversations is from the November 2014 issue of The Cattleman magazine.