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November 18, 2013

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Thanks from a veteran

Dear Editor,

My thanks to all who made the Veterans Day Celebration a success. It was a beautiful day in Mineral Wells, bright sunshine and a gentle breeze.

Something special happened to me while watching the program. My mind had drifted 10,000 miles away back to the rice fields of Vietnam. Suddenly, I felt a gentle touch on my shoulder and a child was there. She placed a handmade card into my hand and quickly moved away. Such a nice card it is with large letters on the outside saying Veterans Day. Inside with perfectly imperfect letters it said: “Thank you for your service,” signed Shelby.

So Shelby, you touched an old helicopter pilot’s heart today. I treasure your card, appreciate you and your actions. To your teacher I say thank you for teaching the children that freedom isn’t free. It is earned by the men and women willing to serve their country.

If you thanked a veteran today good for you; if you didn’t, that’s OK; there is always next year.

To all of my chopper pilot friends, be proud, we did our best.

Mike Wells

Wells was a CW2 Warrant officer who flew with the Thunderbird gun team in Soc Trang 1965-66.

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