November 11th, 2008

Eric

Veteran's Day


Eric Howton Veterans Day 08


Its that time of year again where I don my colorful jacket representative of my many tours of duty. When I was younger, veteran's were old men. When I became one myself at 27, it felt weird. I was always the youngest member at the VFW. But as 40 approaches, I can take solace in the fact that I'm becoming that old veteran, certainly by the age of those currently serving.

Today at work there was a ceremony for veterans and that's when I discovered a new bill having been passed into law last month allowing veterans to salute the flag out of uniform. Most of us tried it out during the playing of the National Anthem, and I have to admit, it felt weird.

Then I called my wife's grandfather, who was flight-crew navigator on board bombers during WWII.

No, I didn't really wear the hat ;)

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