I’m passing this on as I did not want to be the only Oldie receiving it.

Actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called Oldie, as you will see. Oldies are easy to spot at sporting events, especially during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. Oldies remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.

Oldies remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.

If you bump into an Oldie on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Oldie on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Oldies trust strangers and are courtly to women.

Oldies hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.

Oldies get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don’t like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.

Oldies have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it’s about their children or grandchildren.

It’s the Oldies who know our great country is protected, not by politician’s, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

This country needs Oldies with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.

We need them now more than ever.

I was taught to respect my elders. It’s just getting harder to find us.

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