To all who have served and all who are serving, I say Chi Miigwetch! (thank you in my native language).
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And for your service and sacrifice I am grateful. My freedom is not free, and I appreciate all who have served.Quote: mason2386
When I am thanked, I am humbleled, reminded that I should feel proud of what I offered to my countrymen, rememder that I did it because I felt it was right and what I owed my country for the oppertunities it offered me, I become somewhat bashfull, and remember that many people that came before me to give me the oppertunity to give others the oppertunity to ensure this great country/experiment has a chance to continue to flourish. I feel that choosing to join a branch of our military is not a choice but a calling. We do it because we feel it is our calling and obligation. We do it because we love you.
I have no idea how today’s troops feel about it. I know that as servicemen returned home from fighting in Viet Nam, many were treated with extreme disrespect by people who had done nothing for their country but try to tear it down by protesting against its government. Many of those servicemen had great difficulty dealing with both their experiences overseas and the harsh reception at home – far different from the reception of returning servicemen after the previous two major wars. I think some of them never recovered, and a few words of belated thanks, even from those who know nothing about the experiences, couldn’t do much harm. Same, I expect, for saying thanks to those serving these forty-five years or so later.
Thank you for this post, Doc. You sum it up quite well.
Those of us who served "in country" came home quietly and got on with our lives. Most don't talk about it. My family has a long tradition of military service and I was proud to carry that on. By the way, my draft number was very high and there was zero chance that I would be called.
I can assure you that there were no cameras waiting for the Viet Nam vet's "surprise" homecoming. No vets showing up at the kids' school, no running onto the sports field at halftime and no thank you for your service.
Being spat upon sometimes gets mentioned. I have never witnessed that nor do I personally know anyone that had that misfortune and I traveled in uniform.
Everyone please take a moment to remember our POW/MIAs. Thanks.
-Mike (E-5 USAF 9 Years and counting)