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A special nation offers its thanks to our veterans

May 4, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith

For some people, gratitude is a tough pill to swallow. Instead of feeling good about getting a helping hand when they need it, some folks feel resentment toward their benefactor. We suppose there is too much pride or another psychological factor involved, but we'll leave that to the experts.

Then there are other people who are able to gladly accept help, and who go on to show just how much they deserved it. Last week in Ceylon, a representative of South Korea came to town to present medals to area Korean War veterans. The event was a show of gratitude from South Korea to U.S. troops. We can't remember ever having seen anything like this before.

We know American servicemen and women pay visits to battlefields overseas where they fought and lost comrades. We know other nations do things to honor our troops, such as holding commemorations and helping maintain American cemeteries. But we have never seen a representative of a government come to rural Minnesota to meet and thank our local veterans. The presence of the South Korean consul literally brings home the notion of what it means to help other peoples around the globe find freedom. South Korea has been a long-standing friend, ally and trading partner. Its people, in general, welcome Americans with open arms. They remember what U.S. troops did for them and they are openly grateful.

We appreciate what South Korea is doing to honor our veterans, and we want to thank that nation for its kindness and friendship.



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