Since I was a kid, I've been going to Air Shows with my Dad. Because of each branch of the military has its own air fleet, most of the shows are predisposed to featuring lots of stuff.
Don't get me wrong - my Dad is not a shopper. But going to these shows with Dad reveals a different piece of him I didn't know existed before going attending the show - regardless if it is a toy show, an air show, a gun show, you name it. It seems each article of vintage merchandise ignites a distant memory for him.
The memories naturally involve his serving in the military. WWII and Vietnam. I was an "Army Brat," traveling and living on bases around the world. Some of my friends think this was a tough life for a kid, but it made me a cultural anthropologist, of sorts, a person who can fit in anywhere, eating any food, talking w/anyone.
Through it all, my Dad was the constant. Watching him leave our house in the morning, he always wore the same uniform with exception of the badges and pins he acquired rising the ranks.
His wall of military honors is extensive.My cherished badge is invisible: of heartfelt memories attending military shows.
Handmade wooden tanks by Vets
Toy planes with vintage patches
Vintage military bumper stickers
Toys and Flags
Vintage Swiss Army Poster
Handmade tin toys - future military
“Most Cherished Badge: Attending Military Shows with My Dad.”
Breitling Air Show in San Diego
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