as told to me by a Viet Nam Veteran
prefers to remain anonymous)
other day I was walking into the local Wal-Mart store when
noticed an older man walking beside a younger man.
younger man was wearing army fatigues.
was curious so I stopped and asked, “Excuse me young man,
I was just wondering if you were in the service
are you just wearing fatigues?"
young man stated that he was really in the army and
his Dad added in a strong voice that was filled with
“This is my son and he has just returned
second tour in Iraq."
told him how glad I was that he had returned home safely
then I said, “Young man, I would like to do something
you that no one outside of my family did for me
I returned home from serving in Viet Nam.”
is that?” he asked.
be proud to welcome you home by shaking your hand
I might and say thank you for your service
our country,” I said as I held out my hand.
young soldier and his Dad both stood a little taller
the young man stuck out his hand which I readily grasped
we just stood there, the three of us, with our right hands joined.
were three strangers drawn together by a common bond,
all understood, not needing to say anything more.
nodding to each other, I started to break the grasp and
away but the young soldier seemed to have something
his mind as he hesitated, and then he stopped me
I could move. He was quiet
for a moment and then he
me straight in the eye and then he ever so clearly
the words, "Thank you . . . and . . . Welcome Home”.
then parted company as we went our separate ways.
finished buying the supplies I needed, walked on home,
oh yeah … I cried.
Viet Nam veteran)
often forget to be thankful to those who serve our country,
us from terrorism, and preserve our freedom.
have veterans living today that have served us in WWII,
Viet Nam, and The Persian Gulf. We
active duty who are serving our country right now
Iraq as well as other places around the world.
the average age of a WWII Veteran is 81;
are quickly losing them from the battlefield of life.
are now leaving us at the rate of 1500 per day.
see many of them carrying our flag in parades and
in military funerals. They
tell me the veteran’s
need more veterans to help them with these
now. This is due to the
failing health and the deaths
most of the WWII veterans who have kept these
alive with their unswerving dedication
patriotism. Perhaps it’s time we expressed appreciation
a card or a phone call to someone we know personally
there’s still time. It
shouldn’t have to be Memorial Day
Veteran’s Day for us to be appreciative toward all
our veterans no matter where they served.
The point is
they served and gave of themselves
we might live in freedom.
can also show our appreciation to those serving us
now by writing letters, sending e-mails,
sending packages to our soldiers. *
Today is a good day
be grateful, there’s no time like the present and it’s
only time that we have for certain. When
we see or
of a soldier coming home from war, most important of all,
remember to give them a heartfelt,
. . . and
. . .
you love your freedom, thank a vet"
Link to a site for more information on ways to support our troops:
Link to a tribute to WWII Vets