MEMORIAL DAY: Patricia Northey of Deltona reflects on heroism & sacrifices of WW2 father in law, since deceased, and others

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Photos for Headline Surfer / Top: Patricia Northey pays her respects on this Memorial Day weekend tat the Bushnell National Cemetery gravesite of her father-in-law, John L. Northey, who served the US in World War II. The elder Northey died in 2011, at age 92. Northey also is shown below with her husband, Ed Northey, on the beach in Ormond last month, and in this vintage snapshot at their July 26, 1969, wedding in 1969. Ed Northey was home on leave from Vietnam back then. He re-upped, but decided to ask Pat to marry him before he left for another tour of active combat. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELTONA, Fla. -- Patricia Northey served more than 20 years on the Volusia County Council, but she'd be the first to tell anyone that pales in comparison of those Americans who have served in the military as her father-in-law, John L. Northey, did in World War II. he died in 2011.

In wishing her former constituents a happy Memorial Day, Northey, 68,of Deltona, reflected on what the holiday means to her and her loved ones. "I am married to a Vietnam Vet and the older I get, the more I appreciate the sacrifices these men and women made," Northey said.  While many came home, 50,000-plus gave everything. I have a nephew who was a medic in Iraq during the conflict. He made it home, too. He now is an Attorney with the VA, were he works with Veterans of all ages and wars. I am so proud of him. 

Ed and Pat Northey at the beach / Headline SurferNortheys married 1969 / Headline Surfer

In wishing her former constituents a happy Memorial Day, Patricia Northey, shown here in a 1969 wedding pic with her groom, Ed Northey, on leave from Vietnam, reflected this Memorial Day weekend, on what the holiday means to her and her loved ones. 

"I am married to a Vietnam Vet and the older I get, the more I appreciate the sacrifices these men and women made," Northey said.  While many came home, 50,000-plus gave everything. I have a nephew who was a medic in Iraq during the conflict. He made it home, too. He now is an Attorney with the VA, were he works with Veterans of all ages and wars. I am so proud of him. Northey waxed poetic on the “Greatest Generation” that came before her husband and husband and their wars.

"My Father fought in WW ll and came home," Northey said. "My husband’s father and two uncles served in both the Pacific and the European theaters, all three in the war at the same time."

They came home as well.

"When Ed’s Dad past several years ago, we found a stash of letters that he had written to his Mom while in service and overseas," Northey said. "And some she had written to him, especially touching while he was recovering from injuries sustained in the war.Truly, they are treasures... They are humbling in the simple words of a solider and his mom sharing their lives through years of war." 

Northey said she will spend Memorial remembering "those who did not make it home from battles in foreign lands, far too many to name, and be thankful for those who made it safely back.

Letter from John L. Northey to his mom:

John Northley letter to mom / Headline SurferMarch 22rd, 1943: (From Boot Camp: Private John Northey Fort Eustis, VA) 

You should see Virginia; big mountains and high cliffs all around us. It is the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen. I have plenty of places to go and have a good time. We are off after 5 o’clock. We go to town and on weekends we get passes. I don’t have to come back until Sunday night. 

Mother I must go now. I am going to bed now. And study my rules. I love you both, you and Dad. Tell everybody I will write as soon. Tell them to send money. Tell Genny too, I love her and want her there when I get home. Tell the rest I like it here I do to. But I miss my home. I love you all. Your son, Johnny. Good night Miss you and Dad most and Genny too.
 
Pat Northey on County Council in 2009 / Headline SurferPatricia Northey: Public Servant
Photo for Headline Surfer / Pat Northey Northey, shown first row at far left, in 2009, served for 20 years, first from 1993 to 2004 and again from 2007 to 2014. In the middle of the front row is Frank Bruno, of Palm Coast, who was on the council for 20 years, serving the latter eight as the council's first elected chair for two terms until 2014. The chambers were re-named for him. Standing next to Bruno is Joie Alexander of Samsula, who served eight years until 2014. In the back row are Carl Persis of Ormond Beach, Jack Hayman of Edgewater, Andy Kelly of DeLand and Joshua Wagner of Daytona Beach. Wagner served eight years until term limits came into play in 2016.
 
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