Since today is Veteran's Day, I couldn't help but to remember the first time I was with my daughter when I saw a servicewoman in uniform. We were in a breakfast restaurant and this young woman was from the army. My daughter was about 5 at the time and I urged my daughter to approach the young woman and tell her, “Thank you for your service.”
My daughter was hesitant in doing this but recognized in the urgency in my voice that it was important so she didn’t scoff, complain, or try to get out of doing it. She will fully complied and although the words didn’t come out exactly right, I could tell that the young army woman was fully honored as she humbly diminished the importance of her role in the military by saying, “Thank you but I’m just a medic.”
A medic. I’d say that would be pretty damn important as are all the jobs in the military. But I was impressed by how humbled this young woman – and everyone in service I’ve met so far – tends to be with their roles in the military.
When I’m at a sporting event, I always stand for the anthem. And I always stand whenever there are announcements to honor the servicemen and servicewomen in attendance. Additionally, anyone I’m with…I make them stand too.
Of course, this is MY freedom to do this…to honor those who have done and are doing the extremely tough jobs – fighting wars, not knowing if they’ll ever come back again, not knowing if they’ll ever be the same If they DO come back at all – and to make sure they know that they have my full support at all times.
While you and everyone else has the right to take a knee – and I do understand the meaning behind that, also honoring THAT right as well – I stand and will ALWAYS stand until there is a day when I cannot physically stand anymore. Because when I stand, it’s to both honor those who have fought (and continue to fight) but to also take a moment for gratitude in everything we have here in the United States of America. And while we do have many challenges in this country right now, the ONLY thing that gets us through and makes a difference is when we ALL STAND TOGETHER AS ONE.
To honor ourselves.
To honor each other.
And to show undying support for those who are standing up for us and our rights to have the freedoms that are afforded to us each and every day in America.
Thank you to ALL of those who have dedicated your lives to service in the military. You will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart and you will ALWAYS have my full support.
And I will ALWAYS stand for YOU.
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