As a veteran I thank you.
However, it wasn't always so. When I left the U.S. Navy, in the early '70's, those of us returning to civilian life were taken aside and 'advised' not to wear our uniforms home.
At that time people, people my age were waiting at the major air terminals, & railroad stations, waiting for military personnel in uniform, who they would call names like "baby killers", and spit on them.
It was difficult for me to explain to my parents why I was coming home to them on a bus, in civilian clothes. They were proud that I had chosen to serve my country and I could see the disappoint in their eyes when I took a taxicab home from the bus terminal. They so wanted to greet me in my uniform, but I feared for their safety and asked for them to wait at home for my arrival.
I was lucky, for I came home, many of my friends never made it back, they didn't go off to be heros or to fight communisin, they went because they, like myself thought it was the right thing to do.
I love this country, but I can never forgive my countrymen for the way they made me feel, how I had to sneek into my home town like a thief because I believed in America and what it stood for.
Once again thank you for remembering us.
Paul L. Hubbard