Today is Veterans Day. I wish to share with you a post from August 2006. My dad is now 93 years old now; I thank him and ALL veterans for their courage and love for our country.
“Last week we took my almost 90 year old dad to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. He was a bomber pilot in World War II, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. The B24 that my dad flew was on display at the museum. It was our son Chuck’s idea, for us to visit the museum; and so we met Chuck, his wife Ashley and their Russian adopted son, Paul (now five years old) in Dayton last Tuesday morning.
The display of aircraft began with the Wright Brothers; we simply wandered through until we came to the B24 on display-and then my dad came alive with stories and thoughtful recollections. As he was recalling, a probably almost 90 year old man came by; he too had flown the B24. They briefly exchanged stories and the man went on. But then, as we began to walk on, another probably almost 90 year old man stopped him, put out his hand and shook my dads. Looking into my dad’s eyes, with tears in his, he said,
“Thank you for fighting the war for all of us. Thank you for coming home; my brother didn’t. Because of you and my brother, we are free.”
My dad, then with tears in his eyes, lingered a moment in the hand shake and then simply and knowingly acknowledged his gratitude with a nod of his head…We all walked away with tears in our eyes, and a deeper understanding of the power of saying Thank you…
We all have our opinions of war; especially in these days of global unrest. But, I am asking all of us to set aside opinions, judgments and attitudes. Let us simply be grateful for the freedom that we (I) so take for granted…and say thank you.
My challenge for you is to say thank you to a veteran, a soldier or a family who has been deeply touched by war. Thank them that WE ARE FREE.”
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Quote for the month:
“Every time that we say thank you, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.”
Sarah Van Breathnach