I 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.