He stands as straight as is manageable at 87 years of age and stares at the photo of the young man in uniform hanging on what they call the "Wall of Honor."
Soon he turns and maneuvers his walker so that he can sit and continue to ponder himself as a 17-year-old soldier.
Is he thinking of the buddies he lost, the homesickness, the letters from home?
He is one of twenty-two veterans who were honored this Veteran's Day at Ashley Pointe Retirement and Assisted Living.
Featured on the "Wall of Honor" are photos of twenty-one young men and one young woman – faces full of hope and promise – who left home and all they knew to protect and defend not just our country, but the rights and beliefs we hold so dear.
One became a "Top Gun" fighter pilot; another spent agonizing days as a Japanese prisoner of war.
Some served their "hitch"; others made the military their life's work. All served with honor. And all deserve to be recognized and thanked-not just on Veteran's Day, but every day.