CHEERS for a patriotic gesture by a CVPH Medical Center staff member who was in line recently in the Plattsburgh hospital’s cafeteria and became involved in light conversation with a visitor. The talk got around to the military, and the visitor revealed that he was a World War II veteran, whereupon the staffer swiped his credit card to pay for the visitor’s lunch. No hesitation. Just gratitude for what the man had done for his country more than half a century earlier. We feel the same way about the dwindling number of soldiers, sailors and airmen of WWII. The feeling is akin to how we regard generous people who do nice things in everyday life today — like that staffer. We wish we had his name, but the veteran who shared the story was unable to provide it.
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