It’s not a bad thing to be called an Old Codger.

Old Codgers are easy to spot at sporting events; during the National Anthem, Old Codgers remove their hats and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.

Old Codgers remember World War II, Normandy, Spitfires, Hitler and the Japanese. They remember the Atomic Bomb, Vietnam, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Moon Landing and all the Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005.

If you bump into an Old Codger on the pavement, he will apologise. If you pass an Old Codger on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old Codgers trust strangers and are polite, particularly to women.

Old Codgers hold the door for the next person and always when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.

Old Codgers get embarrassed if someone swears in front of women and children and they don’t like any filthy language on TV.

Old Codgers have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag except about their children and grandchildren.

It’s the Old Codgers who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.

This country needs Old Codgers with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.

We need them now more than ever.

Thank Goodness for Old Codgers!

I was taught to respect my elders. It’s just getting harder to find them.

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