I've never done this kind of thing before, but my sister called me and said some of the family were going to meet at Brandon Farms (my family's vegetable stand) on Hwy 60 just outside Brandon to pay tribute to David Croft as they brought his body "home" to Plant City, and did I want to come. I said I'd be there. On my way, I saw a sight that brought tears to my eyes. There were pockets of people at every intersection. There to pay tribute and say "thank you".
I remember the end part of the Viet Nam war. Enough said? For those old enough to remember it was a different world then. Our heroes weren't greeted with thank you's, but rather, were barraged with insults. I was so touched to see the outpouring of respect and thankfulness for his sacrifice.
I just learned from someone that his platoon was to come home tomorrow, and he was coming home to get married. My heart aches for his family. Such a sacrifice.
It is my hope that everyone make a special effort, whenever we see one of "our" servicemen, whatever branch, including police, firemen... to say a "thank you".
These guys were pulling up the rear. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you'll see they were all wearing combat fatigues.