God bless you, Papa. May you rest in peace!
|Chester Clyde Lee|
Nov 12, 1916 - July 17, 1997
He was on board ship the day the flag was raised on
Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima.
Embrace the Past...
Papa was a proud American. He lived through many changes in our nation never losing sight of what America stands for...hope, faith, and courage. He grew up without most of the amenities we enjoy today. I remember his stories of walking six miles to school in shoes that barely covered his feet [that was because of all the holes]. Running water was physically running back and forth to the water pump returning to the house one bucket at a time. Plumbing was nonexistent and with the help of his brothers, they literally moved the outhouse as the 'potty holes' became full. [Photo Source: 17 Classic Wooden Outhouse Photos]
His riches were not material for he had little as a boy growing up. That did not deter him from wanting to be the best he could be. He gained a football scholarship to attend Troy State Normal School (today known as Troy University) where he graduated with a BS degree in Education. He went on to obtain his Master's Degree in Administration from Florida State University. He was teaching and coaching during this time and spent summers in Tallahassee, FL.
After his time in the Navy, he attended Harvard University working on his doctorate. Marriage and family intervened with that dream never coming to fruition. I still have his hand-written dissertation.
He spent 40 years in his career as an educator—teacher, coach and principal. His was the era of prayer in schools, pledging allegiance to the flag, singing the national anthem. This was the time when all of these were accepted as tradition for those praying, pledging and singing understood the meanings behind each tradition.
Empower the Present...
Today those traditions are being challenged: Why keep praying the same prayer, pledging the same pledge, singing the same anthem we have heard for centuries upon centuries? The answer is simple: BECAUSE OF THE REASONS BEHIND THE TRADITIONS! They are not accepted as tradition simply because someone a long time ago said, "Let's start a tradition." Each has its own special meaning behind which one will find overwhelming struggles and sacrifices!
Enrich the Future...
Observe the past, present and future of freedom in America! It is slowly being stripped away one tradition at a time!