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The Veteran

Posted Thursday, May 14, 2009, at 6:16 AM

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Yesterday I had to go to Wal-Mart and as I was coming into the building, I noticed a older man walking next to me.

He was limping slightly, had a cane and a intense look of concentration on his face.

The thing I noticed most about the man was the fact he had a hat on that read, "veteran of WWII."

I wanted to stop him and ask his story, what company was he with, what branch of service, and others.

Because of his concentration, I did not do so, but I regret not telling him, "thank you," for everything you did to keep this country safe in that hard time of war.

I think the younger people take for granted the freedoms we have so readily.

I am a child of the '60's Veitnam era. I remember the protests, the wristbands of POW's and missing in action.

My father did two tours of Veitnam, and he would never talk of the war.

I saw all nationalities of people walking around Wal-mart and thought that we have the actions of these brave soldiers, men and women who have put their lives on the line for our freedoms.

I want to say "thank you" to all the service people.

Whatever war, whatever branch of service that you served in.

I really appreciate my freedom in this country.

Thank you unknown veteran.


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I agree, many of the comments we see on these blogs show that many people do not have a concept of history and what is involved and what really made this nation great. Unfortunately so much of it has been lost by commercialized media and a generation of people who are all about "me" and have no idea of sacrifice. They are more interested on what is on their MySpace page and or whatever is hip at the moment and judge things on appearance instead of actual substance.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 8:19 AM

I find it especially ironic that we are so ignorant of these people's accomplishments when the heroes were,in the main,young,"ordinary" men and women who made impressive sacrifices and performed extraordinary deeds.

Some of our veterans are welcomed back with medals and adulation.

Some leave the theatre of war to face fear,contempt and emptiness at home.

Some never make it back-or not all the way.

We don't always know what we owe our veterans or any of the neighbors that stayed at home.

We don't know whether their time of service was the stuff of legends or just day-to-day drudgery.

But,all they did while postponing their lives,facing discomfort and peril and loneliness protected our rights and gave us our options.

Our heroes are sometimes granted glory.

Sometimes,they are rewarded with pain and nightmares.

They may have lost their lives,their limbs,their sanity or their innocence.

Always,they deserve our gratitude and respect.

It's the least we owe for what they have given us.

May we live our lives so that we're worth the risks they took on our behalf.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 4:02 PM

i have a friend who is a war vet and he has nightmares about the war.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 4:16 PM

Look at any vet. We all are just your neighbors, many who served overseas.

And then think of what DC wants to do with amnesty!

-- Posted by BobM on Fri, May 15, 2009, at 6:16 PM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.