As soon as I walked into the grocery store, I saw him at the checkout. Stooped, with two canes resting beside him, wearing a Korea veteran hat with pins indicating some of the campaigns he had fought in. I made a beeline for him, even though I was running late on my honey-do errand.
As I walked up to him, I extended my hand. “Thank you for you service, sir.” As simply as that.
With a solid grip he grasped my hand, looked me in the eye, and said, “I can’t tell you what that means to me.”
These grand old heroes are fast disappearing. Don’t pass up an opportunity to express your gratitude to one of them.