July 11th, 2008



Perhaps a Hero
    I was watching the BBC World News tonight, and the newscaster mentioned that the Queen had taken part in a ceremony that commemorated the Royal Air Force's 90th anniversary. I suddenly remembered my maternal grandfather, Ronald McNeill Keirstead.
    I grew up in the house of my grandfather and my grandmother, Margaret Barss Stackhouse Keirstead. My grandfather was a magnetic and central force in my life.   
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   But it's only in the last few years that I realized that the stories he told my brother and I about flying above Belgian or French fields, weren't just a personal memory, or some vague fairy-tale of the family's. There was proof of what my grandfather did.
    This is my grandfather, Ronald McNeill Keirstead.