Happy Veterans Day.
Have you shook the hand of a Vet today? You should. I’m almost positive you will run into one today, if you do not already know one. They may not be in uniform, and they may not even look like they have had anything to do with the military. They will come in all shapes and forms. Men and women, young and old. Some might be wearing a WWII, Vietnam, or Korea hat. They might have a high and tight, or long hair. They might have a physical disability due to the wounds they have suffered. They might even have an emotional/mental disability due to the same wounds.
Do not be afraid to walk up to them, and shake their hand. Do not forget to say ‘Thank You.” They have put their life on the line, and spent time away from their families and loved ones. Even in a time of peace, they have been deployed to far away countries in order to fulfill their obligation to their branch, and their country. Many days, weeks, months and years have been spent away from family, away from the life they love. For what? Because they swore an oath to this country, and to the people. They have sacrificed their lives, especially in the ultimate sense.
The wars may not affect your lives, but they affect the service members and their families and friends. When you lounge around the house today because you have the day off, remember why. It’s because of those service members who have given up their time with families and friends, and gone off to protect your freedoms, and the freedoms of others. Many gave up a lot more than their time. Many of them have never returned to receive that “Thank You” they deserve.
Take the time to say “Thank You.” Not only to those serving today, but to those who have served in the past. Say “Thank You” to those families that have felt the ultimate sacrifice, and no longer have their service member in their lives. Past and present. Thank the service member who serves stateside, and overseas. Thank everyone you come in contact with that has been in the service, and their families. It is the least you can do for the freedoms you have, and take for granted.
Today, I thank my husband, SSgt Michael Beck (Active duty, USMC). My brother, Sgt Travis Stribling (Active duty, USMC). My dad, Sgt Roy Stribling (1975-1978, Army). All of our dear friends who have served, not only with my husband, but with different branches and units, including my best friends husbands Sgt AJ Hutchinson (Active duty, USMC), Sgt Sean Fordham (Active duty, USMC), SSgt Jeremy Quackenbush (Active duty, USMC), and Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Crowley (USN). I also want to thank my blogging friends, t from As Long As I’m Singing (USMC), and A’Driane from ButterflyConfessions (USAF). I love you all, and I am so proud to have you in my lives. Thank you.