“Welcome Home, ” by Dr. James R. Wining


In 1969 my cousin returned home after 4 years in the Navy. Most of the time he was in and around Vietnam. I remember how happy and excited his parents were and so were my parents. It seemed everyone in our family was proud of his service yet others were openly disrespectful of his service.

Me at age 17 didn’t really care about what others thought. I knew we were going to have a really good meal, angel food cake and homemade ice cream. Probably afterwards some baseball and running running in the park. How great was that? Sadly thou my country was in so many respects confused if not outwardly disrespectful to the young men who served. Later, I lost my two best friends in high school and my sister her boyfriend.

The war continued on into my college years and our country was tearing itself apart as to whether we should be or not be in Vietnam. Because of this the soldiers(innocent victims) were returning home to disrespect and outright hatred. Their home comings were marred with trash thrown at them, being spit upon and shouted at in anger. I hope this sad chapter in our history is never repeated.

Therefore, I would sincerely like to know if anyone thinks a welcome home box of food to our returning soldiers is appropriate. Giving to them a meal when they get home to be shared with their family or friends. Is this an OK idea or maybe its already being done? I have never served my country but I have lived overseas. I remember how much I looked forward to a fried chicken, mashed potato, green beans, cole slaw, roll, pecan pie and ice cream meal with tea SOUNDED!!! If it is share this in social media and maybe we can put something together that will serve our protectors.

“He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever, exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:11