As is my Veteran’s Day tradition, I’m running both my Veteran’s Day article and posting my all time favorite commercial. However; I wanted to add something to the beginning… My suggestion for thanking Veteran’s shouldn’t just be you. We have to teach our children to do the same.
When the grandsons descended on our home over Halloween, I took the three older boys to the store. Alex and Nicholas were back in the van and Danny was helping me load up the groceries. I saw two Army soldiers and I took the opportunity to teach Danny. I told him who they were and said that he needed to thank them. Danny, with the flair of a politician, thanked both of the men and shook their hands.
Start them young. Throughout our history, our Veteran’s have kept us safe and we need to thank them.
Today is the day that we honor the men and women who gave the absolute sacrifice for their country. Without these men and women, our country would be very different than it is today. We wouldn’t be free, the majority of us wouldn’t speak English and we wouldn’t be the amazing country we are today.
But, I wonder about those men and women who have survive. I wonder, do we do enough for them? Do we show our gratitude often enough? Do we give them our thanks?
So, here’s what I purpose for anyone reading this article – starting today – every time you see a vet, tell him or her, thanks.
It doesn’t matter where you are when you do so. If you see a soldier, Marine or sailor in uniform, shake their hand, look them in the eye and thank them for their service. If you see someone in a hat that says veteran on it, do the same thing. These men and women put their lives on the line for us. They serve their country with honor and for little pay and benefits. Their families live with the separation of war and service and they’re rarely thanked.
Remember this: If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a vet.
God Bless our vets and God Bless America.