The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, NH holds an annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony on the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month. I was unable to attend this year but my Boss took me out to lunch at the Hometown Diner just a short distance from the Cathedral. It was a festive atmosphere because a number of Veterans were gathered there for lunch.
I chose the fried haddock basket, it may not be the healthiest but it was tasty. People must have been smaller in 1949 because this space is very intimate.
While we were eating I was approached by a Navy Vet who noticed that I was Vietnam Vet. He had a bag of key chains that he made and gave me one decorated with the Vietnam Service Ribbon colors. He explained he makes these to help with some difficulties with his hands. We had a bit in common since we were both stationed on aircraft carriers. He was on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) and I was on the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31).