Nice story

Discussion in 'Home Defense/Guns' started by QBVII, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. QBVII

    QBVII Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2005
    Ann Margret

    This is a good counter balance story to the Jane Fonda/Vietnam/ Woman Of The Year story I have received many times in my e-mail.
    Ann Margret

    Viet Nam 1966

    Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.

    A few years ago, Ann Margret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30 signing.

    When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot and disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted.

    Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI's so far from home. Ann Margret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as second in line, it was soon Richard's turn.

    He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo. When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it. Richard said, "I understand. I just wanted her to see it."

    She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, "This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for 'my gentlemen.'"

    With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them There weren't too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures and acted as if he were the only one there.

    Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if he'd like to talk about it, my big strong husband broke down in tears. "That's the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in the Army," he said.

    That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet. I'll never forget Ann Margret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband.

    I now make it a point to say "Thank you" to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces. Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.

    If you'd like to pass on this story, feel free to do so. Perhaps it will help others to become aware of how important it is to acknowledge the contribution our service people make.

    Don't be too busy today...
    Share this inspiring message with friends and family.
    On behalf of those who DO appreciate all that you did for us, thank you to each of you who receive this message who have served or are serving our country in the armed services or any other service.


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  2. SweetSarah

    SweetSarah Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    "Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

    Thanks to all out vets!
    (Former US Army Reserve SGT)

  3. sisterpine

    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

    May 9, 2004
    Zone 8a, AZ
    What a wonderful moving story.. and how many people will be moved by it are most likely uncountable. I have been thanked a couple of times, mostly by my husband whom I also thank for doing his duty to keep us all free and safe. I watched a science fiction movie one time about a war with bugs where the only way a person could become a citizen and vote was to serve in the military first. That just really seems like a good idea to me. God bless those who served and those who put their lives on hold waiting for us to come home!
  4. southrngardngal

    southrngardngal Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2005
    Philadelphia, Mississippi
    We are a family of Veterans. My Dad and Father-in-Law were Veterans of WWII (They are both now deceased). My Husband is a Viet Nam Veteran. My Son, Grandson and Son-In-Law are all Veterans of the war now being fought against terrorism. They all served in Iraq.

    I thank them and I thank all others who have put their lives on the line to keep our country free.

    To all of you who read this post: Those who have served, those who are serving and those who will serve to protect us and our freedoms: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless and keep you all.