I would like to send out a special thank you to the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and other youth organizations and their leaders for taking their time out of the recent Memorial Day parade to shake hands with veterans and thank them for their service.
I was sitting in the crowd, with my family, with a Navy veteran ball cap on, and these kids came over and thanked me for my service (and there were many young boys and girls).
The ship I was on provided gunfire support in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam conflict for our troops on the shore. Upon returning to the states after my enlistment was up, there was very little discussion about the war, other than the many Americans who protested the war. I really did not have any opinion of the "conflict" during the time I served. I felt I was serving my country.
It was many, many years before I ever thought about wearing any emblem signifying I was a veteran. So, it was very humbling that these young people would come over and say "thank you for your service." I would like to salute them and their leaders.
Michael R. Baker