Thank you. Two simple words that may not
seem like enough, not when you count the contributions
that the American soldier has made for their country
in the past century.
During that time, millions of Americans have answered
the call and served in the armed forces; hundreds of
thousands have given their lives for their flag and
In an era of the all-volunteer armed forces
and with the battles of the war on terrorism taking
place on the other side of the globe, many individuals
may have decreased awareness of the important accomplishments
of veterans. Others care, but simply don't know what
to say to them.
"Thank you...thank you is enough,"
said Platte City Alderman and VFW District 3 Commander
George McClintock. "And a lot of them do. We're
very humble about that, and we in turn thank them back.
McClintock, who served in the army testing
rockets and missiles for combat use in Korea, Germany
and Vietnam, says that the VFW honors the dead by serving
"We're very supportive of our troops
and our veterans and if there's anything we can do for
them or their families, we try and do it," McClintock
Platte County has 7,852 veterans and Platte
City has 355 -- nearly 13.2% of the city's population.
"We were called to serve and we served,"
McClintock said. "I wouldn't take a million dollars
to go back, but I wouldn't exchange the experience for