In some ways, I think that I missed out on life.
I don’t have regrets, but I do feel I may have missed out by never having served in the military.
I was never in the armed services, but I have family members that served and good friends that were, and are, in the military.
I don’t know if it was the way I was raised, but I have a deep respect for people who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.
I don’t say that simply to appear patriotic, I sincerely mean it.
The truth is, without the sacrifice, the training, the camaraderie, and the bravery of these men and women who served, we wouldn’t be experiencing life the way we do in America.
When I run by a cemetery and I see flags waving, representing Veterans Day or Memorial Day, I get moved. I’ve been able to see my sons and daughters move into adulthood, but there are other people who had a son or daughter who willingly stepped into the military and they didn’t come home alive.
And for that, I’m forever indebted to those individuals who have fallen and to the families that paid a deep price.
Our Gratitude Should Last More Than a Day
So, wherever you are on the political spectrum, in this arena there is no Republican or Democrat, there is no black or white, red or yellow. We are human beings thanking human beings who sacrificed lives, limbs, time with loved ones, memories missed and special moments skipped as they devoted themselves to our country.