Our Viet Nam Vets didn't get a Heros Welcome when they came home & it wasn't their fault they were over there. It's about time.

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











Andy Rooney
DID YOU KNOW?
As you walk up the steps to the Building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near
the top of the building a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the middle
who is facing forward With a full frontal view ... It is Moses and he is holding the
Ten Commandments!










DID YOU KNOW?
As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have
the
Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.















DID YOU KNOW?
As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall, right above where
the Supreme Court Judges sit, a display of the
Ten Commandments!













DID YOU KNOW?
There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings
and Monuments in Washington, D.C.














DID YOU KNOW?
James Madison, the fourth president, known as
'The Father of Our Constitution' made the following statement:
'We have staked the whole of all our political Institutions upon the
capacity of mankind for Self-government, upon the capacity of each and all
of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to
The Ten Commandments of God.'









DID YOU KNOW?
Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher,
whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.

DID YOU KNOW?
Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members
of the established Orthodox churches in the colonies.
















DID YOU KNOW?
Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead
of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy.
The rule of few over many.














How then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done
for 220 years in this Country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?

Lets put it around the world and let the world see
and remember what this great country was built on
.


















It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God.
Therefore, it is very hard to understand why there is such a mess about having
the Ten Commandments on display or 'In God We Trust'
on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Why don't we just tell the other 14% to Sit Down and SHUT UP!!!
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