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Old 11-11-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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I stole this story, posted today, from the FaceBook page: Military and Veterans for The Flag of the United States of America

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So I saw something today that kind of choked me up, and I thought I would share:

As you know, today is Veteran's Day in the United States. A day when we honor those who have served, those who are currently serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. As part of this day, many businesses offer free or deeply discounted items to Vets. One of these places is Texas Road House. They offer a free meal for veterans on Veteran's Day.

As a Veteran, I decided to go ahead and go to the steak house for lunch. We live in a military town, so the line was out the door and down the sidewalk to the parking lot. I should not have been surprised, but I was. There in line were members of several generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, representing veterans from as far back as World War Two, and maybe even farther. That's a guess, of course, but young and old veterans were present.

Seeing the line as long as it was, and knowing that I only had about an hour, I decided to skip the meal, and made my way back out of the parking lot. As I was waiting, I saw a young man in his mid twenties get out of the driver's side of a car, and into a wheel chair. He had Disabled Vet license plates. His young wife, his son, and an older gentleman helped him get everything adjusted, and then they made their way to the restaurant. I watched as he and his family took their places at the end of the line. What happened next made me have to turn off my car and just sit there for a bit.

The young man began talking to the folks in front of him. Just passing the time, it seemed. Well, this older gentleman, he looked to be in his sixties, stepped around to the back of the wheelchair and pushed it ahead of him in line, against what looked like the protestations of the young vet. They continued to talk a little, and then the next person in line joined in, and soon did the same thing. I watched as every single able-bodied veteran in that line pushed their young, wounded brother-in-arms to the front of the line, and each gave him a handshake, and each hugged the young man's wife.

This restored my faith in humanity today. It made me thankful for where I live, and who I am. It made me stop and think about the many who have given all, and the many who have returned home and will never be the same again. If you are in the service or have previously served, and I have not done so today, please allow me the honor of saying this:

Thank you.

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Old 11-11-2011, 08:22 PM   #2
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I stole this story, posted today, from the FaceBook page: Military and Veterans for The Flag of the United States of America

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from Bret Wright...
So I saw something today that kind of choked me up, and I thought I would share:

As you know, today is Veteran's Day in the United States. A day when we honor those who have served, those who are currently serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. As part of this day, many businesses offer free or deeply discounted items to Vets. One of these places is Texas Road House. They offer a free meal for veterans on Veteran's Day.

As a Veteran, I decided to go ahead and go to the steak house for lunch. We live in a military town, so the line was out the door and down the sidewalk to the parking lot. I should not have been surprised, but I was. There in line were members of several generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, representing veterans from as far back as World War Two, and maybe even farther. That's a guess, of course, but young and old veterans were present.

Seeing the line as long as it was, and knowing that I only had about an hour, I decided to skip the meal, and made my way back out of the parking lot. As I was waiting, I saw a young man in his mid twenties get out of the driver's side of a car, and into a wheel chair. He had Disabled Vet license plates. His young wife, his son, and an older gentleman helped him get everything adjusted, and then they made their way to the restaurant. I watched as he and his family took their places at the end of the line. What happened next made me have to turn off my car and just sit there for a bit.

The young man began talking to the folks in front of him. Just passing the time, it seemed. Well, this older gentleman, he looked to be in his sixties, stepped around to the back of the wheelchair and pushed it ahead of him in line, against what looked like the protestations of the young vet. They continued to talk a little, and then the next person in line joined in, and soon did the same thing. I watched as every single able-bodied veteran in that line pushed their young, wounded brother-in-arms to the front of the line, and each gave him a handshake, and each hugged the young man's wife.

This restored my faith in humanity today. It made me thankful for where I live, and who I am. It made me stop and think about the many who have given all, and the many who have returned home and will never be the same again. If you are in the service or have previously served, and I have not done so today, please allow me the honor of saying this:

Thank you.
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