"You are correct it was supposed to a one time, first and last, post. But the response seemed so very favourable that it would have been arrogant to ignore it. In a world where a sense of occasion and civility seem to be lost we did not want to project that image."
You guys should know that you're very welcome, collectively or individually, to stick around and chime in. New perspectives are almost always of some use, and it adds a bit of variety in. And please send my regards to the vets in your group, from a currently serving member.
Happy (imminent) new year!