Monday, May 27, 2013
MEMORIAL DAY - MAY 27, 2013
I volunteer at the nutrition center and every day Fred, comes in for lunch. He is a World War II veteran. Being a veteran he sometimes tells of his time at war and he always mentioned his war buddy, Slim. They had been good buddies during the war and after the war they wrote, but as life changes, they lost contact with each other. Fred came back to the small town he grew up, married and worked on his parents farm even took it over when they retired. When computers came out his son tried to find Slim on the computer but he had a very common last name and Fred wasn't sure of his first name after all these years.
Recently Fred, was offered the free trip to the World War II monument in Washington, D.C. Fred's son was going with him. As Fred gets around by himself without help, he and his son were asked if they would take another fellow with them who had no family. He was widower, he and his wife had no children. So Fred and his son agreed.
Fred and this fellow were talking on the plane. Of course soon they were talking about the War II. All of a sudden the two men let out a scream and were hugging each other. The stewardess and Fred's son came running. When both men stopped hugging each other Fred told what happened. As they were talking about the war, the fellow pulled out his wallet and showed Fred a picture of the fellows from the war. He pointed Fred out in the picture. He pointed himself out - he was Fred's buddy Slim.
Slim and Fred have become fast friends again. They are both widowers and Slim lives in the next town. Fred drives so he picks his buddy up and they go out to breakfast or to the American Legion or one of their homes to talk and pass the time.