Woods recalls

Pictured here in uniform is the late Jake Griffin with his wife, Nan Orveus.  Jake was killed during the Invasion of Normandy in 1944. While in France recently, his niece, Linda O. Woods, visited Omaha Beach in Normandy. She honors his memory on Veteran’s Day 2019 and urges everyone to strive to do their best as God gives them the chance.

While in France recently, Linda Woods of Flintville was privileged to visit Omaha Beach in Normandy. Her Uncle Jake Griffin was killed there during the Invasion of Normandy in 1944. He is buried in the American National Cemetery there.

“As I stood on the beach in the early morning mist, I thought of him. The last photo we have of him is in his dress uniform, holding me as a baby,” said Woods, continuing, “He never lived to have children of his own, have a career or to grow old with his beloved wife, my Aunt Nan Orveus.”

On this Veteran’s Day 2019, Woods honors his memory and all the others who have fought and died for our freedom.

“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to him and all the others who have died for our country, as well as those who were willing to die. We should all strive to do our best as God gives us the chance. So many others have not had that chance.”

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