In the spirit of healing, I spent my entire day looking for veterans in public places just so I could go up and tell them how much I appreciated their sacrifice & service. It wasn't until I met another fellow disabled vet at a grocery store, whereupon we just looked at each other and hugged while the tears poured out. Shortly thereafter, we released and regained our composure. A simple nod was issued and we went on with the business at hand. I never even knew his name.
In retrospect, I pray that no one will have to go through something like this ever again.
'LEST WE FORGET'
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)