Tuesday, November 11, 2008

On Veterans Day

For the longest time, one of my brothers would call me on Veterans Day, usually first thing in the morning, to thank me for my service. I came to look forward to that call over the years, even though I knew well that I wasn't technically a Veteran. To be honest, he usually called me on Memorial Day too, and I clearly wasn't qualified for that call.

Now I am a Veteran--but no call. Not upset about it; I talk to him virtually every day anyway.

But I did have a co-worker stop by my office today and thank me for my service. It was much appreciated.

4 comments:

wahooligan said...

I,too, have received similar calls over the years from friends or family... when I began my career as an ROTC cadet at UVA, I did so for two reasons, (1) my father had served in the Air Force, and (2) I needed a way to pay for college. what I didn't realize then was exactly the honor and privilege it has become to wear the uniform, and to be associated with the men and women who also wear the uniform and proudly serve this great country of ours.

Just this past weekend, I was sitting with some fellow Soldiers and a gentleman approached our table to thank us for our service and to show us his ring commemorating his service during Vietnam. I immediatly thanked him for his service as well, and told him that it was because of him and those who served before us that we were able to do it today.

I am often stopped and thanked for my service. Whenever this occurs two things generally happen, (1) I immiediatly tell them "thank you" and let them know how honored I am to be able to serve, (2) I am reminded that even with all our differences, there are many out there who still appreciate the sacrifices of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen.

So, like G.G., I too want to thank all of our veterans, past and present, and share in the pride that comes along with being able to serve this great country of ours.

God Bless America.

tom de plume said...

Sorry CW, I would have called this morning but Mrs. de Plume was thanking me for my service to our country.

Tom de Plume
Naval Flight Officer Candidate
Retired

The Conservative Wahoo said...

Sally, Mudge, Dan, Wahooligan, Joe, Smoothfur, Dad, and anyone else here who put on the uniform....thank you.

Don Draper said...

Thank you for your service and for all others who have served our country. I sometimes have a tinge of regret that I did not follow in your footsteps...

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