In this digital age. among the first things I do every morning is check the Twitter feed. In a half-minute, I get the headlines of the new day.
This morning, most of the tweets saluted the nation’s veterans. Each and every message was very nice, and, I believe, genuine.
And I thought, “We finally got it right.”
Because when our soldiers, sailors and Marines returned from Vietnam, there were little or no salutations, no grand “welcome home” gestures. Many of these people returned broken and stayed broken for a long, long time. (For the record, I am not a veteran. My Vietnam-era draft lottery number was 266.)
We, in essence, blamed the messenger.
This time, whether we agree or disagree with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we appreciate those who serve.
For those of us who never served, who can’t possibly comprehend the horrors of war, it’s the very least we can do.
Of course, not every member of the armed forces serves overseas or fights in a war. My father served in the Navy. He was based in Jacksonville and San Diego. He did tell me he saw a lot of action.
Happy Veterans Day.