||[Nov. 8th, 2008|07:30 am]
Hank DeBoer, MT-BC
So last night Suzi (my co-worker and friend) took 24 of our veterans from the hospital to this Veteran's Day type thing called Celebrate America @ the local civic center. The show was a lot more impressive than I expekted, it was run by the Second Baptist Church so I thought it was going to be really preachy and church-oriented, but there was only a couple points where faith was even mentioned. It was pretty entertaining.
However, the best part was the recognition of each service era. They used war period music, photos, and saddening numbers of wounded, dead, lost and never found, presumed dead/no remains, etc. After each section, they would ask the veterans who served during that era to stand and be recognized. Let me tell you, there is nothing like helping a World War II veteran stand 3 times for the eras he continuously served through. It was also quite awesome to pat the shoulders of the Korean War vets, and slap some high fives to Vietnam-era, Desert Storm era, and even Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom vets.
It was so stinkin' cool. I'd tell more, but I have to go back to work. lol.