Sept. 20 was another special day for me. I drove to Grand Island early in the morning so that I arrived at the Veterans Home about 4 a.m. I checked in at the main building and was directed to the Anderson building where my friend was living. Once inside the Anderson building, I was pleasantly surprised to find the buildings in such fine condition.
My friend was already up so we went to his room and visited about old times we had spent together. We then toured the lobby and the dining room in the Anderson wing. I was so impressed with the facility that I asked the staff how I could check-in so that I could just live there. They chuckled at me and said I would have to file papers in the headquarters building.
Soon there were other residents waking up and I met a man that was gung-ho about our University of Lincoln. After we had visited for a few minutes, he went back to his room and brought me a large notebook filled with pictures of football players from UNL that had played for Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini. He even had several personal letters he had received from Dr. Osborne and Coach Pelini. The three of us had a great morning together.
As I was leaving the building, I promised to send my friends some letters that I would write and send from North Platte. Several of the residents and staff told me to hurry back for other visits. So my day started with a “bang.”
I picked up my passenger (the reason I had driven to Grand Island) and we headed home. My passenger and I visited about politics most of the way home.
Another friend and I shopped at Tractor Supply and Menard's before we went to eat supper at Village Inn.
Sitting to the side of me and slightly behind me was a stranger that could hear me tell about my day which began at the wonderful Veterans Home. The stranger also noticed I was wearing my cap indicating I was a Vietnam Veteran. A few minutes later our waiter came to our table and said that the stranger had paid for our meals.
The reason for this letter is my way of saying thank you to the veterans living at the Vet’s Home in Grand Island for making my day a great one and to thank the stranger who paid for my meal.
The stranger wrote me a short note, “Thanks for your service.”
I hope he reads this letter in the Bulletin.
By David C. Olson, Cdr., DAV Chapter 3, North Platte