Veterans Day 2011 – Mickey Wingtips

Brooklyn, NYC, Prospect Park, SummerI met Mickey last July during the NYPD’s 78th Precinct Safety & Awareness Festival in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.  The first thing that caught my attention was his throwback style.  The cotton candy he was holding added to his 40s era flair.  I approached him to ask him to take his photos, but he engaged me first.  I asked him how he’s doing, and told him that he looks good.  He said that he doesn’t feel so good.  It was a bit of a disappointment, but he still had a very upbeat spirit.

Mickey then proudly told me that he is a World War II veteran who was stationed in North Africa.  He pulled an old photo from his jacket inside pocket.  It was a photo of him when he was a young soldier.  It was pretty amazing to meet a World War II veteran. Even more interesting was how full of life he was. I’m sure he could tell some stories.

Mickey, this particular post goes out to you as a salute to you and all of the soldiers who served in defense of our nation, and to those who are presently serving.

Brooklyn, Prospect Park, Summer

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