Originally Posted by akward silence
Damn. I'm glad we won't do that at Dover.
Why are you glad? I volunteered to be an escort for the day. I will be by their side at the ceremonies and during the luncheon. I will get to talk at length with them and learn a ton. Talking with such veterans is becoming more rare every day as time passes. I cherish those moments. When I was in tech school, I had the privelege of meeting and listening to Col Bob Pardo speak at the AF Ball. I will never forget the hours I spent listening to him talk about his experiences flying over Vietnam, and when he never left his wingman's side. He pushed his wingman's F4 with his own Phantom so that they could get to friendly territory. (And later on in life, he still helped him out when he discovered the man was suffering from Lou Gerhig's disease).
They gave so much, the least I can do is be with them for a day. On that point, I always make it my goal on every Memorial and Veteran's Day to attend ceremonies somewhere.
**** your beach. **** your BBQs. **** your drinking. I can do that the rest of the time of the year.