As air travelers sit comfortably waiting to board incoming planes, a large contingent of military personnel returning home from deployment file through the concourse. One civilian sees them, stands and begins to clap. Then, one by one, all of the other travelers rise and add to the ovation. The soldiers are quite surprised by the standing ovation and visible smiles overtake their faces as they enjoy the congratulatory honor bestowed to them.
Now this scene didn't take place in real life but rather in a TV commercial, but its message is nonetheless powerful. And as we approach Veteran's Day this coming Sunday, November 11, perhaps there's no better reminder that all Americans should regularly show their appreciation for our nation's servicemen, servicewomen and their families.
"We had known that my husband was going to be deployed for a long time and I dreaded the day he had to leave. We took a vacation and we along with our two boys enjoyed some great family time together. It was so hard that last day to say goodbye. So many 'What-ifs' went through our minds. One of them came to be when I received a phone call that changed my life. My husband had been injured. And for thirteen long hours, I had NO idea how he was until finally a phone call came through and it was him telling me he was injured but was okay. From that day on, I promised myself that I was not ever going to take anything in life for granted. My husband is my Rock. He returned home in July, 2011 and a year later we welcomed in our third boy to the world. I have so many mixed feelings about all of this and what we went through, but to be honest, I'm glad my husband signed up for the military. Sounds crazy but it shows how much my husband puts others first, doesn't take people or things for granted and will do anything for anybody." (excerpts from a local wife of a local Veteran).
Veteran's Day! One official day to say "Thank-You" to our Veterans. I wonder if that's enough. I know this will never happen but wouldn't it be something that at various public functions, I.e., football & basketball games, Social functions, and anywhere where there is a large group of people attending that the announcer or emcee would say, "Ladies and Gentlemen, before we begin this evening's contest or celebration, could we please have all Veterans stand up so we can recognize you with a hand-clap of appreciation." My goodness, it would probably only take about five minutes tops. Probably won't ever happen though but it is a nice thought, isn't it?
Our Veterans have given so much more than we will ever imagine. We are free because of them. We should spend a little more time acknowledging their service to this great country of ours. God bless all our Veterans and God Bless The United States of America. That The Way I See It. Let me know how you see things at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 319-334-4117. Have a great week.