Remembering those who gave so much

Paula Yensen lays flowers for her mother and father at the Lake in the Hills Veterens' Memorial

Both my mother and father served the nation during WWII. My father, Paul Hans Yensen, was a refugee from Denmark who came here with his parents before the war. He served on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic. My mother, Retha Gee, was "Rosie the Riveter" in a wartime factory. Their names are enshrined at the Veterans' Memorial in Lake in the Hills. They were among the millions of Americans of that Greatest Generation who sacrificed so much for us. I will never forget them.