I drove my father to the dentist today and we saw a sign that said "Free Ice Cream For Veterans Today." I asked him if he wanted some and he said, "How will they know I am a veteran?" It was kind of sad. My father was in the army when he was 18 years old. He was sent to the Philipines and was assigned to the tank command. He tells us stories all the time of what happened.
The scariest one to me was he and his company had been deployed on a ship heading to Japan. When you are in the army, on a ship, and you are 18 years old, it means you will be the first one of the boat as it rolls on the beach. We have all seen those movies. Three days before they were to land in Japan, the United States dropped "The Bomb." Fortunately my father never had to get off that ship.
As I drove around town today, I noticed all the flags. It is a small gesture, but a poignant one. Janice and I wanted to honor our fathers, who both are veterans, and send a thank you to all those veterans and current military who serve us.