Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ann Margret....

This story deserves repeating

This is a good counter-balance story
to the Jane Fonda," Vietnam Woman
Of The Year," story. 
Viet Nam 1966

 Richard, (my husband), never really 
talked a lot about his time in Viet
Nam , other than he had been shot
by a sniper. However, he had a
rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white
 photo he had taken at a USO show
of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in
the background that was one of his

A few years ago, Ann
Margret was doing a book signing
at a local bookstore. Richard
wanted to see if he could get her
sign the treasured photo so he
arrived at the bookstore at 12
o'clock for the 7:30 signing. 

I got there after work, the line
went all the way around the
bookstore, circled the parking
lot, and disappeared behind a
parking garage. Before her
appearance, bookstore employees
 announced that she would sign
only her book and no memorabilia
would be permitted. 
Richard was
 disappointed, but wanted to show
her the photo and let her know
how much those shows meant
to lonely GI's so far from home.
Ann Margret came out looking 
as beautiful as ever and, as second
in line, it was soon Richard's

He presented the book for
her signature and then took
out the photo. When he did,
there were many shouts from
 the employees that she would not
sign it. Richard said, "I
understand. I just wanted her
to see it." 

She took one look at
the photo, tears welled up in her

eyes and she said, "This is one
of my gentlemen from Viet Nam
and I most certainly will sign his
photo. I know what these men
did for their country and I always
have time for 'my gentlemen.'' 
With that, she pulled Richard
across the table and planted a big
kiss on him. She then made quite
a to-do about the bravery of the
young men she met over the
years, how much she admired
them, and how much she
appreciated them.. There weren't
too many dry eyes among those
close enough to hear. She then

posed for pictures and acted as
if he were the only one there.

Later at dinner, Richard was
very quiet. When I asked if he'd
like to talk about it, my big, strong
 husband broke down in tears..
''That's the first time anyone
ever thanked me for my time in
the Army,'' he said. 

That night was a turning point for
him. He walked a little straighter
and, for the first time in years,
was proud to have been a Vet. I'll
never forget Ann Margret for her
 graciousness and how much that
small act of kindness meant to
 my husband. 

I now make it a point 
to say 'Thank you' to every person
I come across who served in our
Armed Forces. Freedom does
not come cheap and I am grateful
for all those who have served
their country. 
If you'd like to pass
on this story, feel free to do so.
Perhaps it will help others to
become aware of how important
it is to acknowledge the
contribution our service people

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