Veterans Day Bangkok Thailand Southeast Asia Saturday, November 11, 2006
It is stressful, uncomfortable, and with a sense of guilt, I think about Veterans. I was too young for the Vietnam War, and did not serve my country. I think this is my guilt, not that I did not serve, however, to know that another person, a human body went and served.
I do not know what to do, but my stance as of today, when I meet a soldier, whether from the United States or from any country, old, young British, French, Australians, Canadians and the list goes on.
I will shake their hand, as an American will, and say, “Thank you.”
They normally say, “Why?”
I say, “People wanted to kill you.”
“I thank you for protecting me.”
What more can a person say, a Veteran, a Soldier, a person that represents me, my family, my friends, my country, allies, or anyone on my side, representing me, and could have been killed.
This is not a small sacrifice, I feel a little on the weak inside saying only, “Thank You.”