On behalf of my fellow veterans and myself, I say to those thanking us that it was a great privilege to serve.
Last Saturday night, I was sitting in a restaurant with Stacy McCain and his older brother Kirby when a young man walked up and thanked us for our service to the country. How he pegged us as veterans is beyond me.
But to all of you thanking us veterans today—You’re welcome. It was an honor and privilege to serve you.
Note: The young man was only two-thirds correct. Both Kirby and I served in the Army. I was a Signal Officer, and Kirby was a paratrooper in the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions. Stacy isn’t a veteran, but one of his son is a soldier currently assigned as an instructor at the Army Ranger School.
That’s addressed to everyone who’s thanking us veterans today. It was our privilege to serve you.
To those of you kind enough to say, “Thank you.”—You’re welcome.
To those serving now—Thanks.
To all who served before me, with me, and after me: Thank you.