A Vietnam veteran was left a “little emotional” this week after a stranger anonymously thanked him for his service with a sweet letter on his car.
Richard Smith told local news channel WPTV in Boynton Beach, Florida that it was the greatest thanks he had been given since he returned from the war.
Smith’s car is what prompted the letter. It is decorated with a Vietnam veteran license plate and bumper sticker.
“People have noticed it and they say thank you, but never has anybody ever taken the time to write like this,” he said.
The note was left in his driver’s door handle Sunday.
“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.”
“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 said he is making copies of the note to hang around his house.
The note stands in stark contrast to how he was treated when he returned home from war, Smith remembered.
“We were still frowned on, cursed at,” he told WPTV. “Not a welcoming home like you see today at all.”
The army veteran said he hopes that more military men and women get this kind of treatment instead.
Watch the news report from WPTV below: