BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WPTV) – A Vietnam veteran is looking to thank the person who anonymously made his day.
Richard Smith says a note of gratitude from a complete stranger is the greatest thanks he has ever been given.
With a Vietnam veteran license plate and bumper sticker, the back of Smith’s car prompts some attention.
“People have noticed it and they say thank you,” he said, “But never has anybody ever taken the time to write like this.”
The note was left in his driver’s door handle Sunday when he briefly parked in a Delray, Florida parking lot.
“I thought at first that maybe somebody had hit the car in a spot I didn’t see,” he said, “And then I opened it right here and I’m reading it. I said ‘wow’, That’s really something. It got me a little emotional.”
The note reads:
“I thank you so much for fighting for our country. The dedication of your life will always, forever be appreciated. So much love to you. Have a beautiful, peaceful happy day and life, God bless.”
Smith told WPTV that the note is a huge change from how he was treated when he came home from war nearly 50 years ago.
“We were still frowned on, cursed at,” he said. “Not a welcoming home like you see today at all.”
He hopes these acts of kindness for the men and women serving our country continue.
“For the younger guys, they’ve had a little, maybe you know harder than we did because they’ve gone back multiple times,” he said. “It’s a long time. It’s a lot of work.”