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However, what happened immediately after my expression of gratitude once again reminded me of a time when such admiration and respect was not nearly as widespread as it is today.
After I had thanked the soldier, a man, apparently my contemporary in age (66), walked up to me with tears in his eyes-obviously moved-and with a choked voice, said, "Thank you so much for doing that. I just wish someone had done that for me when I came home from Vietnam." And before I could say anything he rushed away into the crowd.
This is not the first, second, or third time I have had this experience. I would estimate it has happened to me at least 50 times since September 11, 2001. Sometimes I have been able to say, "Sir, I hope you know you now have the gratitude of both this citizen and most of your countrymen." Other times, like last week, the veteran rushed away with a deep wound still in his heart.
Clearly, there are tens of thousands of men and women who served our nation with great valor and sacrifice under extremely difficult circumstances during the Vietnam War and who are walking around with tremendous emotional pain and hurt over the negative reception they received when they returned home.
Many of those who opposed the war then now concede that they were wrong in taking out their frustrations by disrespecting those who fought the war rather than on those who sent them there in the first place.
Source: Christian Post | Richard D. Land