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Yeah, so he had a Purple Heart. Did he survive? Yeah. He survived, of course. I mean, I'm born. There's a genius coming out in you. That was before he met your mom? Yeah. Wow. Maybe she had sympathy for him that, you know, he got a Purple Heart. Right. And did you know that the 1.9 million service members have earned that Purple Heart? How many? 1.9 million have been wounded. Wow. Wow. And I bet you a significant number of those, obviously, was World War II. But I'm sure the 20 years that we had been at war in Afghanistan and inside Iraq and other places, a lot of people earned that. We just want to thank all our service people that have put their life on the line, just even if you didn't get wounded, but especially those today. We just want to honor you if you have a Purple Heart and thank you for your service. And I have one more little statistic real quick. The first woman to receive the Purple Heart was following her actions during an attack at Pearl Harbor. Wow. So that's awesome. You know, anyway, thanks for your service. I'm going to just end it with something really interesting. And that is, I have a local writer. Her name is Maria Macaluso, and she wrote a book flying back to the Korean War. It's about her husband that was in the Korean War, and he was the recipient of Purple Heart. And the book is about his story and the whole war. That's awesome. I remember her. It's on our counter topic. You can always grab it. And if you're listening to this podcast, just Google or go to Amazon, Flashback to the Korean War. And I just had one gentleman, he purchased the book and he came back and he asked if he could sign, so she signed a copy for him. Wow, that's awesome. He was so excited about it. She really had to go through a lot of stuff to get all the information. Yeah, but she was living with him, so she did something that I am always reminding people. If you have a phone, everybody has one, start recording the conversations. Ask questions, because that's what she did, and now she has the story to share. Yeah, and that's great. You know, there's another thing I want to say before we wrap up, you've got maybe another day or two here, is to build those memories and to be able to share them and pass them down generationally to your grandkids and even your great grandkids. Some people live that long. And to have those stories and your family history and just have some pride in that, good pride, it's healthy, family is a good thing and traditions are a good thing. So sometimes we'll think, hey, technology is kind of like way out there and it's kind of made a disconnect or whatever, but here's a great way to use this technology and this phone. I mean, who would have thought 25, 30 years ago that we'd have a phone in our hand that could film things right there at the minute, and then you can just do like Rich said, record something or, hey, grandma, tell me about when such and such time, when you were growing up on the farm or whatever it is, just do it. It's going to be memories that you'll have forever. Well, that's still one of the reasons why I have Matt here. So I am recording him, everything he says. You can listen to his voice right now because one day I'm going to tell my kids what I had to go through to listen to him. How much pain and then how much suffering and re-hop I had to pay for.

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