Everyone filed off the boat quietly and respectfully, and filled the memorial. Many moved quickly to the back wall, some gazing briefly at the names, others looking for a familiar name. After a quick look around, most people headed back out.
One veteran's silent movement stood out sharply to me. He waited at the back of that room until most of the people had moved on. He then moved closer to the wall. He raised his right hand slowly to his forehead, saluting the wall of names, then stood thoughtfully for awhile.
He wasn't wearing a baseball cap or t-shirt with military markings, but his actions showed him to be a veteran. His actions so noble and pure brought tears to my eyes and stopped me in my tracks.
Thank you unknown veteran for speaking loudly without words of honor, duty and respect.