Welcome to the Cadillac XLR Forums!
  • The Cadillac XLR Net is now on instagram! Follow Us!

Memorial Day...

mtrocket

Seasoned Member
Joined
Oct 17, 2008
Messages
3,648
Location
Billings, Montana
My XLR/V(s)
2007 Red Jewel XLR
You must read this. Are these stories true? Who knows, but the point is valid - if it were not for brave people like this, we might not be enjoying the freedoms of this great Country !


As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open. The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car, and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet away.


I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too, and took a few steps towards him.


I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something. The young man put hisgrocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade. He then turned back to the old man. I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying:'You shouldn't even be allowed to drive a car at your age.' And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.


I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief, and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine. He then went to his wife and spoke with her; he appeared to tell her it would be okay. I had seen enough, and I approached the old man. He saw me coming and stood straight, and as I got near him I said, 'Looks like you're having a problem.'


He smiled sheepishly, and quietly nodded his head. I looked under the hood myself, and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me. Looking around, I saw a gas station up the road, and I told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and went inside. I saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them, and related the problem the old man had with his car. I offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him. The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the
problem (overheated engine), I spoke with the old gentleman.


When I shook hands with him earlier, he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, 'What outfit did you serve with?'


He said that he served with the first Marine Division at Guadalcanal, Pelieliu, and Okinawa. He had hit three of the worst ones, and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me. I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.


He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it, and I stuck it in my pocket. We all shook hands all around again, and I said my goodbye's to his wife.


I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the station. Once at the station, I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me. One of them pulled out a card from his pocket, looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off.


For some reason I had gone about two blocks, when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his name was written:'Congressional Medal of Honor Society.' I sat there motionless, looking at the card and reading it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together because one of us needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage, and an honor to have been in his presence.


Remember, as we approach another Memorial Day, OLD men like him gave you, and all of us,FREEDOM for America .


Thanks to those who served and still serve, and to all of those who supported them, and who continue to support them.

Remember, Freedom isn't Free. Thousands have paid the price, so that you can enjoy what you have today.




 
Joined
Jul 26, 2013
Messages
557
Location
Central Ohio
My XLR/V(s)
2004 Black Raven, Ebony
Great story, Rod. Thanks for sharing and Happy Memorial Day.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

05 GRAND DADDY

Seasoned Member
Joined
Jun 17, 2011
Messages
2,757
Location
South Central PA (Littlestown)
My XLR/V(s)
2005 Light Platinium Silver XLR
Thanks for sharing these words of the honest to God truth!
Happy Memorial Day!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Dan & Wendy
"05 GRAND DADDY"
 

hawkeye372

Seasoned Member
Joined
Oct 8, 2012
Messages
2,385
Location
st augustine fl
My XLR/V(s)
2006 infrared xlr
Thank you. Happy Memorial Day. God bless America


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

fcarga

Guest
Joined
Jan 31, 2013
Messages
100
Location
GA
Thank you to those who are or have served our country. Here's to a safe and thankful Memorial Day!
 

05 GRAND DADDY

Seasoned Member
Joined
Jun 17, 2011
Messages
2,757
Location
South Central PA (Littlestown)
My XLR/V(s)
2005 Light Platinium Silver XLR
ImageUploadedByTapatalk1432582645.720041.jpg

Thank you to all that have & still keep our freedom in the good ole U.S. of A.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Dan & Wendy
"05 GRAND DADDY"
 

Cadillac XLR Forums

Not a member?  Join now!  It's Free!

Learn more about Supporting Membership

Win a Cadillac CTS-V!

Cadillac CTS-V Dream Giveaway

Supporting Vendors

East Coast Used XLR Parts

Top Hydraulics

Cadillac XLR Registry

Click here to enter the official Cadillac XLR and XLR-V Registry
Top Bottom