Watched a show on a local TV station WLIO in Lima Ohio about the Honor Flight's to the WWII memorial IN Washington DC,and it brought a little tear to my eyes that it's taken this many years before we started rcognizing these people and the sacrifice they gave for us.
Thousands of these people came home from war with all kinds of mental and physical problems and just went off to school or jobs and more than likely with out any help of any kind to clear the war from their minds.
I read an article a few years back about a WWII Vet who would at times yell a scream at night waking up his wife of many years but wouldn't talk about what was wrong,until one day she pleaded with him to tell her what was wrong and then he opened up and told her he went from D Day to the end of the war in his unit and seem most of his buddies killed or badly wounded and in all that time he never received a battle scratch even, and was full of guilt because of that.
An Elderly Gentleman at the range were discussing lasers and red dot sights when he asked if I was a Vet.
One of the guys I served with for nearly 7 of my 20 years was shooting with me and I explained the we were on the same Tank for nearly 4 years he was amazed.
He then went on to explain that he was Airborne during the Korean war and made one combat jump there and when he returned to the Sates he became a Tanker to finish out his career.
You know what three retired Tanker say when they get together?
Huh? What'd you say? Excuse me?
Spotted a Korean War USMC vet at Villiage Inn the other day. Had the honor of paying for his V.I.B. and black coffee.
A while back, I was at my local jewelry store and a WWII veteran was escorted in by family. He had a bunch of old watches with him. His family was trying to talk him out of his quest to replace the batteries on all of these watches due to the cost he was quoted.
Like a Marine should, he TOLD them he would be getting his watches back in service, cost be damned. He grabbed his claim ticket and sauntered out to his van with his family in tow.
I was friendly with the store owner and convinced her to let me prepay his tab. Cost me about $125 but it was worth every penny.
Neither of these were on Veterans Day, come to think of it. I don't need a special reminder to be thankful for their service.
I also spotted a guy with our states Purple Heart license plate. He was issued number 001. I waved at him and his wife and she rolled down her window. I told him I just wanted to thank him for his service. He was like :supergrin:
Veterans Day was also my parents' 68th wedding anniversary this year. The folks are living in an assisted living place close to our home.
Every friday they have a happy hour, serving finger food, beer & wine. Yesterday there was also music, and all of the vets were asked to come up front and pose for photos. To our surprise about 90% of the men living there got up and posed. It was very cool.
Dad is the 91 yr old balding grumpy looking guy 6th from the left.
Applebees was honoring our vets by providing them a free dinner to. Mine was very good and I tipped the server well also.
Unfortunately, there are those who are dishonorable. While waiting in the lobby, I asked a young fellow if he had served in the Navy because of his tats. He responded: "you kidding? The military would never take me due to my past drug convictions. I'm here to scam Applebees out of a free meal."
I responded "oh" and continued trying to speak with other Vets....guys who served with honor.
They had lots of good stories. I was invited to sit at the table of a WW2 Vet. He felt embarrassed that he never served overseas. He was some type of ammo inspector.
I told him that his job was as important as any. Who knows how many military folks lives were saved by having good ammunition and not having the ammo fail at a critical moment.
His face lit up then. Reminded me of my Dad, who left us 5 years ago in November. He was another member of The Greatest Generation.