To the editor:
The Messenger recently published a letter to the editor from a WW II veteran, Bob Pearson, who wanted to thank someone for paying for his breakfast. It was a wonderful and gracious letter and illustrates the character of the people who serve our country. I wanted to let Bob know, that I happen to know - firsthand - that his message did reach that person. He was deeply touched that his small gesture of gratitude meant so much. I was also deeply touched by Bob's letter and hope many more were as well.
I think it is important for those of us who have never served our country to realize that we cannot possibly thank those who have enough for their personal service and sacrifice as well as that of their families. We don't have to wait for Memorial Day to express our gratitude and we shouldn't. We should take every opportunity we have to let those who defend our country know that they have our eternal gratitude and respect.
I am a former resident of Fort Dodge and still read the Messenger.