Privileged to sit by veterans

November 14, 2013 

I attended the Veterans Day Memorial ceremony and had the privilege of sitting next to a man who was 92 years old. During the ceremony I notice his hands were very cold; he was trying to keep them warm while leaning on his cane.I offered him my gloves. He was surprised; he smiled and said no thanks.

It was my honor to sit next to him; you could just feel the history and respect/humility around him.

After the ceremony, he turned to me and said he appreciated me offering my gloves to him and that it was one of the nicest things anybody has ever done for him. That left me thinking of what kind of lifehas he had. Truthfully, I wish I could have spent the rest of the day with him getting to know him a little better.

During the ceremony I looked around and saw people talking, sharing, caring for each other, all willing to die for each other or forthis country with no hesitation. Amazing people with amazing character, expecting nothing and willing to give it all.

It is a honor and a privilege to be a veteran and tosit next to those who have served.

Isn't it a shame that these principles don't rub off in the political arena?

Vern Baugh

Belleville

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