Letter to the Editor: Some words stick in our minds foreverMost of us have heard words that seem to stick in our minds forever. For example, I remember an order given to me the last day of advanced infantry training at Ten Cap 2, Camp Pendleton, California.
By: Budgeteer News , Duluth Budgeteer News
Most of us have heard words that seem to stick in our minds forever. For example, I remember an order given to me the last day of advanced infantry training at Ten Cap 2, Camp Pendleton, California.
“Sergeant Lee, take charge of your platoon and report to the embarkation barracks for a transfer to Korea.” This hit me hard when I thought of all the wives, children, sweethearts, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and grandparents who would now be trusting me with the most precious possession they will ever have. Inside I vowed to never let any family down in any manner.
My second unforgettable words happened May 10 as I was selling brats, pop, and hot dogs at the Lakeside Super One to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children. A girl about 10 walked up to our serving table. She proudly said, “I was a Shriners Hospital patient.” She smiled as she hit me with four more words that I will never forget, “Now I can walk.”
I bit my lip and turned away as a couple of tears leaked down my face.
I too have a debt of honor to the Shriners. My nephew, once Minnesota’s worst-burned child that ever lived, is alive today only because of the Minneapolis Shriners Hospital.
So, thanks to the Knights of Columbus for 16 years of brat sales that generated more than $300,000 for the hospitals, the Shriners that let us help, the suppliers, and all the people that dropped donations into our buckets.
William W. Lee