Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tomorrow Nov 11 is Veterans Day. I find myself with mixed feelings.
One wishing to thank the Vets that came before and after me. Knowing the feeling that those who fought for our flag have for it I am thankful I can share. Like many of you I still tear up at the playing of our national anthem, even right now as I write this. I am having the memories both good and bad of my experience. I still have special feelings when I think of the kids that I handed a candy bar or piece of gum, I often wonder what their lives have become. I think of those who paid the ultimate for my freedoms. My strongest memory was that of children being carried out of a soccer stadium on the edge of Saigon. Following a VC explosion during an afternoon game.
The first time I watched my sons playing sports, listing to the national anthem before the game there are no words to explain the feelings I had Knowing I lived in a place that I could watch my kids play and had no concern that the game would be interrupted by a bomb. I still have these feelings today. Although we have evil things that are done in this country one only has to visit another to know the blessings we have.
Some of my other thoughts go to my return home and the feelings I had when I got off the military bus that carried us from the air base to the commercial airport for a flight home to be with my family. A group of protesters were there spitting at us as we moved to the terminal. I am so thankful that the country has grown up since then and realize that their right to be there and spit on that soldier was paid for with his blood and not their spit. I hope no future veteran will ever have to experience this and carry these feelings. Glad I was able to serve my country, Sorry the cause was politically incorrect.