As a Cold War Veteran of the Navy, I always find Veterans Day and the activity surrounding it by the general public interesting.
First of all I believe we all owe a debt to these men and woman, especially those that were and are being called into harms way. It is also worth knowing that just because someone is deemed to be a "Cold War Vet" that they have not necessarily avoided the experience of facing down the enemies of our nation.
While serving aboard the USS Lynde McCormick DDG8 in the Persian Gulf during the Iran/Iraq war, those missiles that "accidentally" flew over the bow of our ship from Iran felt a lot like a "hot" spot to my shipmates and myself.
I certainly stand aside for the men and woman who have served our nation in war time and seen the color of the enemies eyes. I wish they felt in some cases more free to wear their hats and t-shirts the rest of the year as well. They deserve a thank you more than one day a year.
Whether the veteran of a declared war, or the vet of a period of so called peace or cold war time. These men and woman placed themselves, the love and time of their own families and their futures behind the drive to be a part of the greater society in a way most will not or cannot.
As we rightly celebrate the heroism and sacrifice of these soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave the ultimate or faced down the enemy, lets not forget the hot wars that were avoided or scaled down because of the sacrifice of the rest.
Veterans, no matter what their particular time period in service are a special breed and especially in these troubled times deserve our utmost respect.
Thank you to all of you for standing for us, and in some cases with us to protect our, imperfect but up till now the best system of government we have to call on.
P.S. Please tell a store owner, etc...when they need to replace those tattered flags flying in front of their businesses. I cannot be the only one that gets annoyed by this. Just a personal note. thanks!