Veterans Day – Honoring all who served

Nov 11, 2007 by

Vets DayI am dusting off my old Army uniform and getting ready to head to church. There will be a special service there honoring those who have served and are serving in our Armed Forces. As a Vietnam veteran I still remember the greeting I received when I returned from serving in Vietnam, or rather the lack of greeting I received. No one thanked me for my service, no one shook my hand in the airport and thanked me for serving my country. Today colleges and universities disband ROTC programs and refuse to allow recruiters on campus. But today is nothing like it was when I served. Then there were massive anti-war demonstrations and men and women in uniform were cursed and called baby killers. There were no yellow ribbons around trees, no rallies supporting the troops. Today, despite the war in Iraq, our service members for the most part are treated with the respect and thanks they deserve. I recently traveled with a Korean War veteran and he wore a ball cap proudly proclaiming the fact. Several times people in the airports and on the streets stopped him and shook his hand and thanked him. I wonder how that must feel. I will never know as it never happened to me. So when you go out today I hope you will attend a Veterans Day service and honor those men and women who have served our country and sacrificed so much. And if you get the chance to stop a veteran and shake their hand, don’t pass that chance up.

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