We thank you for your courage
The sacrifice you gave
Defending this your country
With heart and soul ablaze

Walking into danger
Without a shred of fear
Knowing that you did it
For what you held so dear

The freedom of a nation
You fought for all it's glory
Each one of you a tribute
To America's own story

No one in life to tell us
What heroes stand in line
We gather all the memories
The courage we define

Each day in life remembered
For all that you have done
To make us stand in unison
Saluting you as one

Our nation shall be grateful
In all the years to come
While looking back your sacrifice
Is truly next to none

Yes we will remember
The sacrifice you gave
To make our life of freedom
The gift of all the brave

Each name in life we whisper
Is heard within a breeze
An echo of the beauty
That captures love with ease.

~ Francine Pucillo ~
©Copyright November 11, 2010

This page is dedicated to the memory of

James A. Velvick

July 15, 1919 ~ October 12, 2010

James was born in Peru, Nebraska to parents
Edmund and Effie Wertz Velvick, and the companionship
of two brothers and one sister all who preceded him in death.

James met Eileen Hart Velvic while attending Peru State
Teacher's College. They were married on September 10, 1943.

Jim was called into service for his country February 12, 1942 and
enlisted into the Army Air Corp. He began his active duty at
Turner Air Field in Georgia later doing a 15 month tour of duty
in North Africa (Egypt) and India. James served as crew chief attending
the C-46 and C-47 airplanes. He proudly served in the
1326th Army Air Force, Air Transport Unit until his
honorable discharge in November of 1945.

I dedicate this page to my beloved friend Beverly Zurlain and her
family in honor of her beloved Father James. Always so proud
of him during his life and will always know what a wonderful
man walked this earth to share his life with his beloved
family and friends.

I want to thank James for contributing to the
freedom of our great nation. Our nation
humbly salutes in his honor.

God Bless America and those who served.

Love Francine

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