but I touched a heart or two today. While shopping in TSC this afternoon, I notice a gentleman, about my age mid 60s walking in the store. Nothing much to make him stand out other than the hat he was wearing. I noticed he was graying (as I am ) and that he was walking probably slower than most in the store. But it was what was on his hat that made me notice him the most. His hat a dark blue baseball style hat sitting squarely on his head was emblazoned in the front in bold Gold letters, " Purple Heart Recipient " . I knew than he was veteran and had served our country proudly. I was going to walk up to him and strike up a conversation when my wife stepped up and asked me a question about a layaway we had in the store. I forgot about the gentleman for a little bit. We had to go to a different register to take care of the layaway. As we were waiting at the register the gentleman waled up to the other cash register to check out. I walked up to him stuck out my hand and looked him in the eyes and said , " Welcome home and thank you sir for your service" He shook my hand after I took him by surprise and said " Thank You for caring". The cashier, a young woman was caught off guard, she didn't know what to say or do. I apologized for interrupting hear and waled back to the other cash register where my wife and the other cashier were smiling. The young lady told the gentleman thank you and then finished checking him out. He smiled at her thanked her and walked out smiling.
Once in a while when I can and i see a veteran I try to thank them and welcome them home. My Grandfather and Father were veterans of the 1st and 2nd world wars. I am very proud of their service as I am very proud of all who serve us every day in our Military, Police, Fire, EMS and American Merchant marines. Again not to brag but just Proud to be an American who Lives Under the Blanket Of Freedom These Fine Men and Women provide for U.S. Every Day.