Do the people sleeping in this morning, waiting for their coffee to brew, safe behind doors that lock, with no hunger pangs, actually know what it means to show honor and pay tribute?
A couple of nice videos, a moment of silence, a free meal, REALLY?!
Even during ‘Peacetime’ there are troops several miles away. Even during ‘Peacetime’ battles are being fought. Long before PTSD became a buzzword, I called for us to recognize our warriors who gave up their entire lives yet are still living and breathing.
Consider our National Guard, everyday people who didn’t mind the concept of war, but chose to be in a lesser capacity to our fulltime troops. Many of our Lorain County, Ohio neighbors have been to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times! Their families struggle with bills silently, they cry alone and worry incessantly without comfort.
Free meals?! Pathetic token of pittance to soothe our apethetic conscience!
Sit and share a meal perhaps, if its not too inconvenient. Get to know him/her and what kind of person they are now and ACCEPT them. Pay a utility bill. Buy them groceries. Many of my friends no longer have this National Holiday off work even, grrr. But a meal…ummmm, nah.
One story before I end my little tyrade. Teen daughter on a trip to volunteer in Cleveland with church this summer. Half a dozen of her peers walk past a nondescript elderly man. They had just come from visiting one of leaders, he was nearing the end of his victory over leukemia. Mind still processing how this sweet man was dwindled yet vibrant, her focus shifts to the man at the elevator. She pauses to greet him and assist him (gives self mom-cred).
The man notices her manners, “Thanks young lady. Most young people just brush past me.” Her gracious reply was something to the effect of, “You’re welcome and thank you for your service,” referring to his cap.
The conversation continues. Nodding at her Marvel shirt, “I bet you’re into all those superheroes like all the kids, aren’t you?” Her reply was to die for, “No sir, I prefer the real ones!” She leaves to join her group both of them absolutely beaming.
That is gratitude, and engagement, and love in action. How can you demonstrate honor today?