Sunday, December 28, 2008

For the Lost POW/MIA Bracelet Purchased by a Vietnam Veteran

I ordered a POW/MIA bracelet for 2 reasons. The first reason is that I wanted to replace the one I had as a young teenager. I wore it with pride until I lost it swimming. I was devastated at the time because I could not get another one to replace it. I used to watch the news to read the names of the returning soldiers hoping to see the name of the man that had been on mine.  Eventually his name appeared, but I still wanted to have the bracelet, it was such a part of me and to my mind also a part of the soldier who was on it.  I am now able to have another bracelet with "my soldier's" name on it, and the person who purchased it for me is a Vietnam Veteran.  I have been with him for 20 years and when I told him I wanted to get another one, he tearfully told me that he would pay for it. He was not a POW/MIA of that war, but he has not forgotten. He is my second reason for wanting to get a bracelet, to honor in a small way my soldier for his service all those years ago.
I honor all soldiers that have fought for freedom, those that have lost their lives and also those who have returned home.              

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