I’d like to say a great big “Thank You” to all of you who have served or are serving in the military and to the families – wives, children, parents – that stayed behind on their knees praying for their safe return. You are appreciated more than you’ll ever know.
While some vets have experienced years, and many a lifetime, of sorrow from the memories of the horrors of war, the rest of us have simply enjoyed the fruits of their sacrifice. There is no easy way and really no adequate way to express gratitude for what they have done.
Most didn’t know the back story of why they went to war. They felt the compulsion to defend and protect and follow orders.
I wrote, a little while back, about encountering an old gentleman in a restaurant. He wore a cap signifying his service on a Navy war ship.
He was gentle and quiet and was enjoying his lunch with the help of a caretaker. I pondered taking action, standing up and saying to the entire place “folks, we have a hero in our midst.” I chose not to. As he left and was helped into his car, I followed and told him what I had thought about doing. “Thank you, young man, but I’m so glad you didn’t. I’d do it all over again.”
Humility is fading as fast as entitlement is advancing.
What has been called “the greatest generation” is fading, too. So if you happen to encounter anyone who has served or is serving today, say “thank you.” You don’t have to elaborate. They might not want to talk or respond but I don’t know anyone that doesn’t appreciate being appreciated.