My Grandfather, WW II Veteran, Visits DC

I’m extremely proud of my grandfather, Lt. Col. Emmett M. Cox, Jr. (Ret.) and my father the Honorable Emmett R. Cox. Both men visited Washington, D.C. for the day on Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Emmett M. Cox, Jr. and Hon. Emmett R. Cox
Lt. Col. Emmett M. Cox, Jr. and Hon. Emmett R. “Rip” Cox

“Granddaddy” and “Dad” visited Washington as part of an “Honor Flight” from Mobile, Alabama. “Granddaddy Cox” was one of the South Alabama veterans flown to Washington for ceremonies in their honor. “Honor Flights” are a national effort that has been underway since the World War II Memorial was dedicated in 2005.

Each veteran was allowed to bring along one escort and Granddaddy (94) was escorted by my father the Honorable Emmett R. Cox (78); both men have served their country with distinction.

My grandfather, Colonel Cox, was in the U.S. Army for 30 years. His World War II service was in North Africa and Italy, handling personnel on the staff of General George S. Patton. He was escorted by my father, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Emmett R. Cox. Judge Cox, my father, is semi-retired, but active as a “senior circuit judge.”

Granddaddy Cox and John on Spring Break - April 2013
Granddaddy Cox and John on Spring Break – April 2013

The group visited Arlington National Cemetery and the World War II Memorial. Members of my family were able to see one of the ceremonies but unfortunately I was returning from an important client convention in Florida. My sister provided these great pictures and I’ve also included a picture of me and Colonel Cox last month during our Spring Break visit to the Florida Panhandle. Be sure to read the back of Granddaddy’s’ t-shirt, it includes some history.

Alabama Members of Congress including U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Representatives Jo Bonner (R-AL-1) were also on hand to honor the 101 veterans that flew up and back from Mobile in a single day on a chartered flight.

Photograph of Lt. Col. Emmett M. Cox, Jr., taken in the early 1960s, displayed in my office.

Photograph of Lt. Col. Emmett M. Cox, Jr., taken in the early 1960s, displayed in my office.

I really didn’t like missing this ceremony, but I was extremely proud to be a part of the Verto Solutions team executing a great annual convention in Palm Beach, Florida for the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA). The FEMA Annual Convention brought together more than 230 flavor and food industry leaders to discuss the latest issues related to food and food ingredients. This year’s meeting was a complete success due to the incredible efforts of the Verto Solutions team, both on the ground in Florida and back at the office in D.C.

Granddaddy's T-shirt

Granddaddy’s T-shirt

Thank you to Granddaddy and all of the veterans of World War II for their service.

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One Response to My Grandfather, WW II Veteran, Visits DC

  1. hondobear@aol.com says:

    Great post, John. JBH

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