There is a debt we can never repay, as individuals or as a nation. A debt that continues to grow every minute of every day. It is the debt we all owe to our servicemen and women.
There is a popular sentiment that has been floating around a long time that says: “A Veteran – whether active duty, retired, National Guard, or Army Reserve – is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’"
Those are more than just words, folks. Every young man and woman who has ever held up their right hand and sworn their oath was agreeing that if it came to it, they would die for you and me. That’s a hell of a promise to make by someone who is often a kid too young to legally buy a beer.
And unfortunately, all too often that blank check is cashed for the full value and another American hero falls. How can we possibly repay that kind of sacrifice? What is the life of a hero worth?
What we can do, and what each and every one of us should do, is to make it a point to thank every veteran we know for their service, and to especially thank the active duty people we see, whether it be in a restaurant, a store, or on the street. You don’t have to make a big production out of it, just a simple nod and a “Thank you” is all it takes. Or a handshake if you are comfortable with that.
No, it will not pay the debt in full, but for that veteran, for that soldier, sailor, marine, airman or coastguardsman, it chips away a little bit at the interest. Sometimes that’s all it takes to let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated.
I know you’ve all heard it a thousand times before, but it’s true – if you love your freedom, thank a vet.
Thought For The Day – For those who have fought for it freedom has a taste the protected will never know.