Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Blog We should salu A veterans plea. " Pleas don't forget us." Dealing in books about the true history of our wars will keep the truth alive.
News-Antique.com - Aug 01,2010 - Yesterday was our time to pick Josh, my eleven year old son, up from camp. On the way home he asked if we could stop at the Air Force Museum. In these days, when there seems to be so little support for our soldiers, I immediately said "yes". When we entered the museum we saw several hardened veterans sitting together discussing current affairs. You know me, I couldn't help myself, and I jumped head first into the conversation.
After about one hour of discussions covering the Korean and Vietnam Wars I asked why they were so angry. This was their answer. No one seems to appreciate that their liberties have been bought with the blood of our soldiers. That answer really rang true with me as I watch television and see all the protests against our soldiers. Yes the protesters say they are not against the soldiers but the wars they are fighting, but this doesn't cut it with those who are giving the lives for their country.
They asked what I did for a living and I shared that our Club, the Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Club, helped people who were having a hard time in this economy to change their lives. That is when one of the gentlemen said that we should help people understand the soldiers' way of life by collecting war memorabilia and starting new collectors so the story of their sacrifice won't be forgotten. That sounds like a great idea to me and maybe to some of you too. As Josh and I roamed through several acres of tanks, airplanes, helicopters and other military items, it came to me how many collectibles there are for the military and how Josh was learning a valuable lesson.
In fact one of the soldiers told me a story that brought tears to my eyes. He started by telling how he was at a garage sale and spotted a purple heart with the papers and even the bullet the solider had been injured by. After purchasing the items for $30, he just couldn't get them out of his mind so he began trying to locate the soldier which he finally did. The soldier said he had gotten a divorce and his ex-wife must have thrown them away or put them in the garage sale. Not hesitating for a moment the items were returned to the owner with a thank you for his service. You see those items were priceless to the injured soldier.
So as you are out looking for treasure, just remember that our military is what allows us to do the things we love. For years, whenever I see a man or woman in uniform, I approach them and say how proud I am of their service and then give a little salute.
Yes there is money to be made from military memorabilia but I hope that will be secondary to paying our brave men and women in uniform the respect they deserve.