Thank a Vet at the Mall

November 7th, 2008

My grandfather served in WWII. He started wearing a hat recently that says “World War II Vet.” It is the first time in his life, or at least for a long time, that people have come up and thanked him. Most times these days, people think of Veteran’s day as the day for the sale at the mall. Some people write long rants about it. I am deciding to use it as a day to think of my grandfather, a lifelong carpenter, and will look at the sale as serendipitious to add a tool to my repertoire so he can teach me a few things I need to know.

army.jpegFor Sears Veterans Day Sale, which runs ovember 9th through November 11th, there will be plenty of sweaters on sale. Deep discounts of up to 60% off for him and her on outerwear and sweaters is an enticing deal.  Many people will rant and rave on how it is just not apropriate to think of Veteran’s Day as the day the sale is at the mall.  I just look it as serindipitous.  It gives me a chance to buy my grandfather something I normally couldn’t splurge for.  He is going to visit the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C., and I am going to use the opportunity to buy him a nice zip sweater for the trip.  They have a clothing line called US Army 1st Infantry Division. I wonder how he feels about that. (A sweater from the line is pictured. It appears to have insignia on the sleeve.)

Also, since we really don’t have a “main street” where people are walking down and meeting eachother, the mall gives plenty of chances to thank a vet who may be out shopping that weekend with their family.  Some vets make it a point to wear insignia or a hat like my grandfather, so please use your shopping time as an opportunity to thank as many as possible.

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One Response to “Thank a Vet at the Mall”

  1. Carol on November 8, 2008 2:11 pm

    Several years ago my husband and I attended a WWII memorial dedication in Olympia, WA on the Capitol grounds. Sitting just in front of me was a man who stood up when they asked the attending veterans to do so. After the ceremony was over, and without making too big of a fuss about it, I put my hand lightly on the gentleman’s arm to get his attention and then reached out my hand to shake his. I told him thank you for his service to our country. He seemed a little surprised, but I was honored to recognize his sacrifice. Please tell your father from me that I thank him too.

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