Vietnam veteran says 'thank you' to writer of note

Posted 10/7/18

To The Editor:In this day of demonizing and vilification, it is good to know there are still good people in the world who are kind and respectful. My experience today confirms what I mean.This …

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Vietnam veteran says 'thank you' to writer of note

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To The Editor:

In this day of demonizing and vilification, it is good to know there are still good people in the world who are kind and respectful. My experience today confirms what I mean.

This morning, after my wife and I finished our walk in Bradley Square Mall and returned to our car, I found the following unsigned note under the windshield wiper. It was dated Oct. 1, 2018:

"Dear Sir,

"Even though I wasn't alive during this time period, I just wanted to say thank you for your service. I saw your license plate. To be a veteran of Vietnam means that you have earned, and deserve, much respect.

"Have a great day!

"God Bless!"

In our cynical world today evil, self-serving people do things anonymously for sinister reasons. However, the person who left this note for me apparently wanted anonymity out of nothing but pure respect ... not any need for recognition.

Whoever this person is, I hope they read my response and know this is one of the very few times, as a Vietnam veteran, I have been shown any open respect and appreciation. So, whoever you may be, thank you for your kindness and apparent desire to honor even the unknown veterans of foreign wars. I am deeply moved by your sincere note!

Personally, I don't feel the need for people's respect for my military service. But, I do hope we as citizens can keep in mind that — in today's sometimes negative climate — both Tennessee and the United States of America have millions of good people with kindness of heart and mind who deserve to manifest honor for honor's sake — such honor that was given me this morning!

From my heart, thank you again!

— Ben McGlamery

U.S. Army veteran (1965-67)

Cleveland

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