Mixed feelings Vet.

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.
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    I just read your blog.Thank you for your service.You should of been thanked when you came back,but this country was stupid then.My daughter is serving in Afghanistan.Presently she is in 9 degree weather(unheard of in Southern Calif) no heat or hot water. plus she is in a area that has heavy fire 24/7.I bless this child for her service
    2274 days ago
    Paul, on behalf of my children and I, THANK YOU for serving.
    2719 days ago
    Yes yes many people do not understand that with freedom there comes a responsibility...thank you for your service regardless of the conflict involved...service is service and you were prepared to give your life for your country...I am a military brat so you have my full empathy and support...hugs...Beany
    2719 days ago
    Thanks for serving your country. My hubby is a Vietnam Vet too and it's sad to hear about the reception you received when you returned home.

    The National Anthem does make me feel very patriotic and appreciative of my freedom. Freedom isn't 'free'.

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    Deb :)
    2719 days ago
    Thank you for the service you did for our country even though you and the others weren't appreciated at the time. emoticon
    2720 days ago
  • TAB257
    Thank you for serving our country. We owe our freedom to you and the other men and women who fight for it. Again THANK YOU!
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    2721 days ago
    Enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for serving our country and Welcome Home!

    My husband is also a Vietnam Vet. He returned home as so many others did and did not get the respect and honour for serving his country like he should have. I am so glad that the returning Iraq and Afghanistan and other vets are coming home to an honorary welcome now.



    And yes, hearing the anthem still brings tears to our eyes.

    We love America! We love God! God bless America!!
    2721 days ago
    Thank you Sweetie for serving too to keep our nation free emoticon
    2721 days ago
  • BARBIE042
    God Bless you Paul for being one of those very brave men as well as women , that served are great country. And for taking the time to write this to share with us , one can only imagine what it takes to do as you did , as well as many others as well . And for all those that still are honoring us by still standing up for are rights & what we beleive in and serving are counrty.

    God Bless All Our Troops !

    God Bless you Paul.

    & God Bless America ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    2721 days ago
    Thank you for your service.
    2721 days ago
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