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Let's remember veterans throughout the year

Posted: Nov. 21, 2012 12:36 am Updated: Dec. 12, 2012 1:15 am

To The Herald-Whig:

On Fridays, I often take our 5-year-old grandson, Peyton, with me either to the nursing homes or to the Veterans Home. We have a friend, Paul, that we visit.

I remember the first time I took Peyton, I was trying to tell him a little about where we were going and why. In the process, I mentioned all the people in the Veterans Home were heroes. So when we got to Paul's building, they were eating. I introduced Peyton to Paul and then, Peyton stuck out his little hand to shake Paul's and said, "thanks for being a hero." Paul's eyes filled with tears.

Then Peyton looked at the other three men sitting at Paul's table and said they were "heroes, too" and thanked them. Then he turned and looked at the rest of the men at their tables and said, "You are all heroes." The men broke out clapping. It was a sweet moment.

As we were leaving, Peyton asked me where their families all were. "Did the people forget about the heroes?" It touched my heart.

Let us not forget to remember them and not just on Veterans Day, but throughout the year.

 

Connie K. Balfour

Quincy

 

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