Sunday, June 20, 2010
THEY GET US ALL, DON'T THEY?
I had an interesting conversation in church this morning. We have a lot of veterans in our church and I keep in regular contact with them. This morning I talked to one of our Korea War veterans. I stopped him and said "Sixty years this week, thanks for what you did." He got a quizzical look on his face and said, "Sixty years?" I said, "Sixty years ago, 1950, the Korea War started." He said, "I wasn't there until 1952." At this point I figured he was confused and didn't get what I was saying. I thanked him again and he said when were you there. I thought he was talking about my war and I said, "1972." A look came over his face and he said, "They get us all don't they?"
He winked and said, "The wars get all the young guys don't they?" I thought for a moment and said, "They really do get us all." I told him he was part of the Greatest Generation and he was really embarrassed. My dad had the same reaction. He said, "We did what our country needed. You did that too, right?" I thought about it and said, "Jerry, you're right. They get us all, don't they?" He said, "Thank you too." We shook hands, he handed me a church bulletin and we walked off.