Hats off to heroes

Hats off to heroes

Hats off to heroes

On behalf of all members of the Armed Forces, past and present, I would like to thank you, the players, and the Red Sox fans for the “Hats off to Heroes” tribute I recently received at a Red Sox game.

I wish all veterans, guardsmen and reservists could have been in my shoes on top of the Red Sox dugout to share an unbelievable experience and one I will never forget. Except for my family, no one knew me. The long-standing ovation by 38,000 cheering fans was for the soldier in uniform representing the men and women who are now or have proudly served our country in times of peace and war. I was proud and honored to be that soldier on this day. The Red Sox honor someone at every home game with the same fan fervor and applause. It wasn’t that long ago that veterans returning home were met with protests and hostility. Times have changed. There is a renewed respect for our military with an emotional outpouring of support and thanks. It has been said that as a soldier “we asked for no reward but a nation’s thanks.”

John O’Brien, LT. Col. Ret.

Vietnam veteran,

Orford