A day he will always remember

To the Editor:

If the following article can help a person who is in a state of depression due to some unfortunate event in their life, then I feel it is well worthy to write about my unfortunate experience.

Each year Santa Anita Race Track opens — brings back memories.

Shortly after I was discharged from the Navy in 1946, after serving four years during World War II, I got very much involved in betting on racehorses at the Santa Anita, Hollywood and Del Mar race tracks.

It was at Santa Anita Race Track in February 1949, a day I will always remember. I had a very bad losing day and after the feature race I had lost all of my money, $80. I was very depressed, walking in circles.

After about 15 minutes I found it necessary to go to the restroom. As I entered the restroom, I saw two men in wheelchairs, with no arms and no legs. They were in a very happy mode.

The man who was in charge of being their guide and driving both to the race track told me both had lost their arms and legs during the Normandy Invasion during World War II and now they were residing at the Veterans Home on Wilshire Boulevard. He said the reason both were happy was that they had the winning ticket in the featured race and each won $8.

After leaving the restroom, I kept telling myself here were two veterans with no arms or legs, very happy in each winning $8. I myself, with both arms and legs and in top physical condition, was being depressed because I lost $80.

From that day on, any time I even begin to think of getting depressed or even disappointed, I think of that day in the restroom at Santa Anita Race Track in February of 1949 and realize how fortunate I am, since all the money in the world cannot replace what these two WWII veterans physically lost.

Stan Karotis

Story First Published: 2013-02-20