DEAR SUN SPOTS: A recent day didn’t start out very well to say the least. First off, I was leaving the house to purchase my Sun Journal at a nearby store about 5:30 a.m. When I opened my garage door to get in my car, I noticed the left front tire was flat. Therefore, I used my F-100 pickup truck.

When I returned home, I had coffee and decided to try to fix the flat with a plug-type repair kit. I didn’t have the strength to push the plug in the hole. I tried for some time. I’ll be 87 in two months. I decided to go to Walmart thinking the store opened at 7 a.m., only to find the new opening time is 8 a.m.

On my way back home I thought it would be a good time to fill up with gas at the Walmart gas station, but the pump was rejecting my credit card. The young man with a red vehicle at the next pump asked if I was having a problem. He came over, and put his card in and it worked.

He looked at me and asked if I was a veteran. He had noticed my license plate and told me to fill up my tank on him. I asked where he was from. He said he was from Sabattus and his father is retired Navy and his brother was in the Army like I was. I said the total for gas could come to about $50 and the pump stopped exactly on $50. He said, “Don’t worry; just fill it up.” That was so very nice of him and I won’t forget it. I was more than pleased and hope to pass it on.

ANSWER: What a wonderful story! Believe me, we all have days like this and when we receive unexpected help from a stranger, it really lifts us up and makes us want to do something for someone else. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your service, sir.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My husband is a Korean War veteran. He wears his cap that states “Korean Veteran Forever Proud 1950-1953” everywhere he goes.


We were having dinner at the Honey Badger in Oxford on Mother’s Day when two men came over and thanked him for his service and wished me a happy Mother’s Day. Waiting to pay for our check, the waitress came over to tell us our meal had been paid for.

Quite often people stop by and thank my husband for his service and several times our meals have been paid for, but we never get a chance to thank them.

I’m writing this in hopes that these folks, whoever they are, read this. Thank you ever so much for your appreciation and thoughtfulness, for making his day and making him proud to have served. — No name, Mechanic Falls

ANSWER: These are both such heart-warming letters. My dad served in the Army during the Korean War, was wounded and consequently was presented with the Purple Heart. As his daughter, it always made me feel so proud when he was recognized by someone for his service.

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