"They are members of the Greatest Generation, and their story together had just begun. God planned for them to have a large family, with all of them becoming Americans, and he then set them on that course."
What an amazing man and what an amazing journey.
From John III Sobieski to Casimir Pulaski to Wally Ptak, Poles over the centuries have courageously fought for freedom only to enjoy little of it in their homeland.
Americans like to tell themselves that grandpa saved the world and replaced a dictatorship with freedom. It's true, and we should honor the sacrifices made by Americans long ago.
But that's only half the story.
The other half are the Europeans and Filipinos and other allies who fought for freedom, including boys like Wally Ptak, who escaped Nazism, returned to fight it, and then could not go home because another cruel dictator - in some ways more cruel - had taken over his homeland.
Poland's liberation came 45 years after Wally Ptak's war ended.
A Polish pope and a Polish dockworker named Lech Walesa helped make that so - with the aid of President Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
America is better for the Wally Ptaks who obey the law and enter the nation legally.
We are also better for the Joe Ptaks they raise, and who grow up to be men and women who stand up to petty little people who try to bully others into conformity.
Joe knows the price his father paid for freedom and the obligation to honor his father's sacrifice.
Think about Wally Ptak the next time you pledge allegiance.
Surber's email is donsur...@dailymail.com.