We ate lunch in a new sub shop. The sandwiches were saucy and our hands were messy by the end of the meal. As little Matthew and I headed towards the back to wash up, we passed a table with two soldiers. They were enjoying lunch and sharing conversation.
I paused near their table. “Excuse me… I just want to say thank you for your service to our country.” They both nodded and returned their thanks.
As we walked away, Matthew asked, “Do you know them? Why did you talk to them?”
“I don’t know them. But I know they are soldiers. I know they are keeping us safe. They are putting their lives in danger to keep us from danger. They protect us. It’s a big job. It’s a hard job and I want them to know I see them and I’m thankful for them.”
He turned and looked up at me, “They must be strong, smart and brave!”
They are all those things.
Our men and women are strong – They endure physical exhaustion, pain, wounds and even death. They fight the enemy and overcome.
Our soldiers are smart – The quick decision-making responses they make in life threatening situations takes skill and wisdom under pressure. They are trained to keep their head in all situations.
Our Veterans are brave – They go to unsafe places so we remain safe. They combat evil so that good prevails. Our men and women live out courage. They stand in spite of fear. They fight against those who act in evil towards the young, old and innocent. They bandage up the wounded. They carry the broken and they rescue those in hiding.
They are strong, smart and brave.
Thank you, Veterans, for your sacrifice, service and care. We are proud to call you ours.
Thank you, soldiers! Thank you, families! Thank you, spouses! And thank you, children of our military. You have given up so that we may gain. Your sacrifice does not go unseen or unappreciated. Thank you for living strong, smart and brave! May God continue to bless you, watch over you and keep you safe!
A Thank you challenge for all of us:
- Whenever and wherever you spot military, active or inactive, retired or reserved, take a moment and say “Thank you for your service!”
- Treat them in line by purchasing their beverage, meal or groceries.
- Send a note of thanks to someone you know who has served our country.
- Pray for our military, their families and our leaders.