After a day of fishing and hiking my wife and I went to Applebees for a burger. I was a Marine in Vietnam and on Remembrance Day I wore my eagle, globe, and anchor cap. I was a little confused and asked about a veterans discount for our meal. I was informed that it was done but only on Veterans Day and I remembered that it was indeed the case.
As usual, my wife asked to share a burger and fries. Our dress reflected our outdoor activities, we were not well dressed. Near us was a family of a mother, father and three young children. The father and children are gone and his wife has stayed to pay their bills. When she left, she thanked me for my service and I thanked her in return.
I left our table briefly and returned to find our bill was missing. My wife told me that someone bought our dinner. Our waitress then told us that this was the woman who spoke to me. I hope she reads this thanks for her thoughtfulness and act of kindness.
I did not have it easy in Vietnam because I was with an infantry company and on these holidays I think of those who never came back. In these times when people are often not nice to each other, we occasionally come into contact with one of our best angels and it was our privilege to meet one this Memorial Day in Alpena, Michigan.