SUBMITTED BY: Veronica H.
In the early 90s while serving in the US Army, we were asked to volunteer for a funeral detail. The man had served in WWII. What an honor I thought. Although not until we were there did it really hit me why our presense was so important. We were positioned in the distance with our rifles and standing at attention. When the service was concluding, a bugler began Taps. By the time he was done, the feeling of what I thought was sadness but now know as an overwhelming pride had fallen over me to the point I could barely steady my rifle. All 7 rifles pointed to the sky and in perfect rhythm fired 3 consecutive shots. The 21 gun salute. Our rifles were returned to attention along with our line of 7 bodies. Tears were streaming down our faces. As the funeral broke up, we were waved at by all leaving and mouths formed the words, thank you. I felt then as I feel now that we should have been thanking them. I thank all who have served to protect our liberty and have sacrificed for all Americans. God bless the USA! Thank a Vet this Veterans Day, 2011.