Omaha veterans tradition lives on through coin
It's a tradition that continues from one veteran to another and a journey that's been packing on memorable miles for years.
How could something this small carries so much weight? This is a tough one for me because it's too personal. I wish Pat was here to do this because he does it better than me. Pat Peterson found the coin during the Vietnam War while serving as a U S Marine. It carried the year he graduated from Holy Name High School in Omaha. 1966. He came home alive, so it became his lucky coin. Over the years, Pat Peterson transferred that history toe, others on the verge of being deployed. He would give it to them with the stipulation that they bring it back. And they did. Seven times The coin has left Nebraska and seven times it's come back. Dave. Shoe niggle was the last 2019 homecoming with family. It really wasn't honor toe carry this coin for you. Carry on past traditions. So, uh, pays me a little bit handed back. E didn't lose it. With Pat Peterson no longer alive, his longtime partner, Teresa Berks, kept the tradition going. He'd be so proud. Uh huh. He would love this. Especially going to a very dear friend with the constraints of co vid Theresa past the coin toe. Longtime friends Bill and Lori Watson, who were headed to see their son Paul in Colorado Springs for the holidays, have known Paul since he was a baby. Days later, it would be a virtual ceremony. You know, the story of the coin. He thought it Paul ever goes. I want him, but take it with him. Paul Watson is set to deploy to Afghanistan any day now. Honestly, Theresa, this means a lot to me. Um, the Vietnam vets were really important with especially special forces. This Green Beret will be the eighth to carry the coin. How many places this coin has been is alone? I mean, it is pretty amazing. So you get to keep the keep the tradition going and and, uh, take it. Take it one more time. I mean, this coins seen a lot of things. So if you could talk, I'm sure that's a pretty good stories. I'm handing pat to Paul. That will watch over. It was hard, but it's good. And then it's a good thing