I am sitting here just looking at the screen trying to figure out what to say about Veterans Day. Is it Happy Veterans Day? Is “Happy” the right word? Or Honor? Salute? Respect? Appreciate? Thankful. “Thank you for your service” has become the current thing to say. Of course its said so much its kinda become a bit of a cliche. But if you really dig into it. It’s a true statement. I wish there was a more special way to say how much we all appreciate the commitment to our way of life.
As I age, I reflect back to when I was of the age to enlist or be drafted. It was 1976 and to be honest, being in the military was not a thing to do. I had spent my younger years watching the hell of Vietnam, and protests. Yet still, I went and started the process of joining. I took the test for the Navy, or Coast Guard, and did well. They had me slotted for some sort of intelligence thing. My cousin had joined the Navy and wound up in an engine room for years. Mmmm? And two of my pals joined the Air Force and loved it. And I decided. Nope, going to Art School. My parents had given me the ultimatum. Go to school, or go to the military, either way you are not gonna spend your life in the basement. Art School, was NOT on my fathers list of options. But thats what I did.
I look back, and through the fog of past choices. I wish I had joined the Navy or Coast Guard. I wish there was a way for me to join now. A 63 year old over weight that likes to take a nap at 3 and pee’s all night. Ya. I wish I had understood the opportunity to serve my future life. Giving for the greater good is a privilege. So today, its with deep respect, deep appreciation for my fellow Americans that work for us all, to make our lives free. “Respect”