GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Memorial Day is intended as a day of reflection, remembrance and memorial.
We visited with one veteran who was spending the day with a new best friend as he remembers other best friends who never made it home.
Ninety-year-old Ray Miller spent Monday morning reminiscing about the day he left for World War Two.
"The only thing that they didn't have, which I'm thankful for, they didn't have weapons of mass destruction," Miller said.
Miller was just 20 years old when he packed a bag and left for his journey. But it wasn't just any ordinary journey. This would be a journey that would shape his life and would ultimately save the United States of America.
While it's been nearly 70 years since he fought for our country's freedom, Miller says there isn't a day that goes by he doesn't think about those who never made it home.
While Miller reflects and remembers his buddies and the rest of the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice, he says he's blessed to have made a new best friend, Chris Turpin.
Turpin was Miller's guardian on Lafayette's first Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in April 2012. The two had never met before that day. But now, they both say they couldn't imagine life without one another.
"Eventually she and her husband adopted me into her family and it was a blessing beyond all measure," Miller said. "I can't begin to measure how fortunate and how blessed I am."
"We have become the best of friends in the year since we went on the Honor Flight together. We've done so much and so many things together. I've learned so much about his life. His children have become my friends," Turpin said. "It's been wonderful. It's been a joy. It's been one of the highlights of my life."
"I look at this scripture and say to myself, 'You are blessed beyond all measure. There is no way we can measure the amplitude that all the blessings we have, we can't count them. They're beyond all measurement,'" Miller said.
And now, the two say they'll make new memories together, and continue counting all of their blessings, one step at a time.
"You come to think of it, just the ability to walk is something that's a blessing!" Miller said.
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