Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, and it’s a time to honor those who served in the U.S. armed forces and to honor the sacrifices they have made.

Many businesses take the opportunity to show their appreciation by offering veterans free and discounted meals, goods and services on Veterans Day. I am not sure how I feel about that. A bit too much commercial?

I am Vietnam Vet. Two tours. On the first, I was safe. The second, I was not. When I got out  I did not admit to having served for fear of being ostracized. I had beer cans and insults hurled at me on a California freeway just because I was driving in uniform.

At this distance, I no longer fear anyone knowing I served. The times have changed. In the company of a friend who also served, we have had lunch out and I wore a cap with my service ribbons and unit insignia on it.

Here’s to all of that served. There is a bond no matter the branch of service.

6 thoughts on “Veterans Day”

  1. OBB,

    I've read about the hate and abuse Vietnam veterans were subjected to.

    Joining you in gratitude and remembrance of the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our allied forces.

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

  2. There has been no more divisive “police action” than the Vietnam War. Ever now, after 40 plus years, there is still much unease in Australia about our participation. But at lease we have grown up enough to honour those who served and were injure or killed in service.

    As I say every year, Lest we forget….we will remember them.

  3. Hi Bogey,
    Here's to you sir.

    Not sure if you ever watch PBS, but I caught this last night, Debt of Honor: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365584806/
    It covers a long history of war, but interesting enough for me to recommend to you since you are Vietnam Vet. (They did of course skip over a more recent “squirmish” which everyone seems to forget.)

    Best
    Enzo

  4. No soldier should ever be subjected to abuse from civilians for serving his or her country. Soldiers are sent by politicians and do their duty with great valour. Civilians who object to the war should save their ignorant abuse for the politicians who plump themselves up on the service of others.

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