While at lunch today at a local hamburger joint I saw an elderly man pull up out front. He had trouble getting out of his car due to his advanced age and the fact he was using a cane. I noticed he had on a shirt that proudly said USMC. Then I noticed the IWO JIMA SURVIVOR license plate on the front of his car. After he had sat and ordered his meal, I went over and introduced myself as a 20 year retired USN veteran and we started to talk. He asked what years I served and I said 1973 to 1993. He said his service was "ancient history". I told him it was a few years ago but would never be forgotten. Friends, I wish you could have been there to listen to this man tell his story for the next hour. I was hanging on his every word! I asked if I could have the honor of shaking his hand and he humbly agreed. I paid for his meal, thanked him for the service he gave this great country and left. I'm 56 years old and I left feeling like a school kid. God Bless that man and God Bless all our troops past, present and future!