Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, and it's a time to honor those who served in the U.S. armed forces and to honor the sacrifices they have made.
Many businesses take the opportunity to show their appreciation by offering veterans free and discounted meals, goods and services on Veterans Day. I am not sure how I feel about that. A bit too much commercial?
I am Vietnam Vet. Two tours. On the first, I was safe. The second, I was not. When I got out I did not admit to having served for fear of being ostracized. I had beer cans and insults hurled at me on a California freeway just because I was driving in uniform.
At this distance, I no longer fear anyone knowing I served. The times have changed. In the company of a friend who also served, we have had lunch out and I wore a cap with my service ribbons and unit insignia on it.
Here’s to all of that served. There is a bond no matter the branch of service.