Any day a good day to thank a veteran

November 17, 2011

On the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, I found myself in a waiting room at the hospital. A man about 55 years old walked by wearing a camouflage coat and a military hat. I instinctively asked him about his service and wished him a happy Veterans Day. He told me he wears that particular hat for his father who fought at Iwo Jima.

Not long after, we were both standing beside his father's hospital bed. Tears ran down the face of the man in the camouflage coat. He was proud of his dad and what he had done in service of our country. I am sure that he also was glad that God had allowed his dad to survive. As the older Marine told us, "I was using my sergeant's binoculars when a Japanese bullet zinged past my ear. I was glad he was a bad shot!"

What a blessing it was to thank a Marine who risked his life for our freedom on the sands of Iwo Jima!

Dan Manka, Fairmont, W.Va.

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