Yes, you all have donated your precious day for me and my fellow veterans!! I am thankfully humble and proud to have been chosen to participate in this great adventure. There were so many of you wonderful generous people, that I don’t remember all your names and some names I’ll never know, to thank you personally. I had tears rolling down my cheeks when I read those warm and heart giving letters of thanks from the children and students of the Colleyville and Grapevine schools. How does this old veteran thank each and every one and shake their hands? There is a will, and I’m sure I will find a way.
It doesn’t happen but once in a lifetime that a person has his or her “15 minutes”. You all gave me mine on May 24th 2011. With your pressing questions, you gave me the opportunity to share my experiences of “How it was during WWII”. Many memories linger within me and this is and was the time to share. I hope the children, especially, have learned that “Freedom does not come free” and too many young men died too soon. A young Marine said it best after the battle of Iwo Jima, “They gave their today for our tomorrow”.
My trip to DC was a great day for this old, but not forgotten veteran. Thank you again for your warm and appreciative attendance; you made me feel like a dear friend! Hopefully, I’ll see you again soon and we shall break bread together.
Achi K., 24 May 2011