My only regret is that I was not quick enough to buy the drink myself and say to the young soldier, “Thank you, sir, for our freedom.” When the opportunity comes again, I will be ready.
Soon, we will observe Veteran’s Day – the day set aside to honor living veterans. It should be a day of more than just posting the flag in the front yard. Every one of us should find a veteran and say “thank you.”
Better yet, buy him or her a drink or a meal. They all deserve it.
And if you should happen to hear the veteran say, “You are the first person who has ever thanked me,” just be proud of yourself. Then, you may find that the handshake has become a hug and the mist in your eyes has overflowed. That’s just fine. Carry on, my friend, carry on.
You are now a patriot, too.
Mike A. Smiddy
Thanks to the Mineral Wells area residents who so generously donated to Shriners Hospitals this past weekend. It is through your generous support that we can offer children specialized treatment for orthopedic, burn and cleft lip and palate conditions.
Shriners Hospitals care for children without cost to them or their families at 22 hospitals in North America and Hawaii. The Shriners are a worldwide fraternity focused on fun, fellowship and philanthropy.
Director Public Relations,Moslah Shrine Center, Fort Worth