During this long Thanksgiving weekend I am reminded of the many things in my life that I am thankful for. I am thankful for my wife and my family, my friends, my job, and the many blessings that God has showered upon me during my life. I am also thankful for the men and women who stand, this very day and hour, upon some foreign land serving their country.
My father and uncles served in World War II, I served in the Gulf War, and my cousin has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been in a combat theater over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and I understand what it is like to be there during those times. So, I just want to say, from one veteran to another, thank you for your service to our country.
Many veterans appreciate a thank you, but don’t really know how to respond. It makes them a little uncomfortable, it makes them squirm a little. This is because they have been trained to be part of a team, they feel they are only doing what they volunteered to do, and they think that there are others who deserve the thanks more than they do, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and are no longer here to be thanked. That is o.k., let them be a little uncomfortable, we should still thank them for their sacrifices and their service. Yes, they volunteered, yes, they get paid, but always remember that they are the 1% of this country willing to sacrifice their life, if necessary, so that rest of us at home can enjoy our freedom!
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 (KJV)