This is a discussion on Was thanked for OC'ing today. within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; As my kids and I were leaving WallyWorld today I paused to talk to a friend of mine sitting on a bench by the exit, ...
As my kids and I were leaving WallyWorld today I paused to talk to a friend of mine sitting on a bench by the exit, waiting for his wife. He was chatting with a man in his 70's or 80's who was wearing a USN WWII Vet hat. I NEVER pass by a vet without shaking his or her hand. I asked what theater he served in, turns out he was stationed on a troop carrier in the Pacific. He saw action at Iwo Jima! As I leaned over to shake his hand he motioned to my CZ82 and said "Thank you for carrying that, never can tell when a crazy will come busting in here." I thanked him for fighting for my right to own and carry and we parted ways. In the past year I have met WWII vets from every major battle of the war. I feel honored to have shaken the hands of these brave men and women. If you haven't done so you better do it before it's too late.
I gave my dad a Seabee tag for his car. Shortly afterwards, he came out of the store to find a note on the windshield, from a stranger thanking him for his service. He kept that note until he died.
A simple thank you really means a lot to WWII Vets, and all the rest, too.
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Thank you for relating that story and your views on our veterans. Also, welcome to the forum!
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I had a similar experience with a gentleman that survived the USS Indianapolis.
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Okie, welcome aboard, and I commend you for your kind and respectful actions toward our veterans! Bet you felt pretty good getting the response you did.
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Great story. Thanks for sharing.
I too try to acknowledge vets when I see one. We owe them so much.
Great story. Thanks for sharing it. I have a friend who calls me every veteran's day to say hi and thank me for my service. It always makes my day. My Dad and both Uncles served in WW2. All three are gone now but I make sure my grandkids and others know of their service and sacrifice.
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As good as that conversation made you feel, I feel safe in saying it was ten-fold for him. These guys deserve every ounce of respect we can muster. We will forever be in their debt...
Thanks for posting this ! How soon they are forgotten.
We honor our vets in church on the Sunday nearest to Nov 11 and us ole
grey haired guys are dwindling. Only one WW2 vet in our congregation.
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Welcome to the forum Okie... And thanks for sharing your story
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always thank a Vet whenever I can! and I'm not sure if i've ever been thanked for OCing by a stranger. But I sure will keep on OCing either way!
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Welcome to the forum. Great story you have related to us. I commend you for your actions and wish others would follow suit. Of all the vets I have met WWII vets seem to be the most humble. They know what they did and how it effected the world yet they just wanted to get back and live the rest of their lives as they saw fit. They knew what needed to be done and did it. The greatest generation is an understatement in my opinion. My dad was a WWII vet so I may be a bit biased. To all who served and still serve "THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO OR HAVE DONE FOR US".