Originally Posted by themacpack
We recently made and then lost a very dear friend in a gentleman who was there...(just a few short months from having made his acquaintance, my husband had the honor and burden of laying him to rest - the double edged sword of working at the Veteran's cemetery)....I spent the day thinking of him and all those who were there with him on that day. The history he shared with us (and that I have been fortunate enough to hear from others) is truly something that needs to be known.
That is sad. You have been fortunate. I have only ever known one person that was there. They did not ever relate any stories to me, though. However, they did get "irritated" at something I, at first, couldn't understand. I use to play paint ball war games. I lived in an extremely isolated area...so entertainment was limited. Anywho, I was one of only 2 females that played - the rest were men. The gentleman would get all grumpy when he saw me (I knew him pretty well) on the days I played. So, at last he said why....in a nutshell it was b/c he found the idea of grown men "playing war" and acting like fools offensive since he had seen the real thing - they should be doing something constructive. I have to admit that originally I found his reaction "non-sensical". But, later for other reasons - I saw the point. People, including me, sometimes forget the true price that has been paid for their freedom.