Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

I thank members of the military whenever I see them. It's something I started doing when I was in high school and became more aware of the world around me and all of the extraordinary sacrifices ordinary men and women make each day.

Most recently I approached two members of the United States Army that were having lunch at Panara Bread Company in uniform. I was on my way to fill up my drink and took the path that lead past their table. I approached with a smile and said, "I just wanted to thank you both for all that you do for my family, our country, and myself."

Unfortunately, they seemed very surprised by my simple though it doesn't happen often. As though it doesn't happen thought, not theirs.

Imagine as parents sending your son or daughter...or yourself...away to care for our country...what a sacrifice! And one that should be acknowledge each chance we can. It's the least we can do! And it is doing our small part. Because as I was walking back to my table with my full drink in hand, I glanced at the table once more and the men were sitting just a tad they should be!

Today is the day to remember all of the men and women who have lost their lives protecting our great nation. And the day to begin the tradition of thanking every living soldier you see!