Today I remember my grandfather, Thomas Gill. Before he was a soldier, he was there when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and he ran down to help out as soon as he could. He joined the Army and served in the Pacific Theater, in Australia and Papua New Guinea. He came back with injuries and medals. He went to school on the G.I. Bill, and kept right on fighting. As a lawyer he fought for the rights of laborers; as a U.S. Congressman he fought for the Civil Rights Act; as Hawai‘i's Lt. Governor he fought to protect our islands from rampant development by greedy, short-sighted men; as the Chairman of Hawai‘i's Commission on Sexual Orientation and the Law in the '90s he fought for same-sex marriage.
I've never known a fiercer, braver, tougher man, and I dare you to find me a better one. I am so fucking proud of him. I miss him so much.
Here's to you, Grandpa. Thank you for your service. I love you.