You don’t have to wait for Veterans Day or any other designated
time to think of and appreciate those who serve their fellow human
I am sitting in the USO lounge in the Houston Airport, as I write this, so you may understand the basis of my inspiration. A retired Canadian military officer who served with the US Army, I know the situation and challenges of a soldier.
When at home in Quito, I watch the PBS evening news broadcast which ends with the names and photos of service men and women who died in the line of duty. Whether or not they agreed with their government’s military adventures, they served faithfully to the end. I think about how young they were and aware of the pain their loved ones must be experiencing.
Commitment to a nation and/or one’s fellow man is not limited to the military. We were reminded, this month of firefighters who raced into the Twin Towers to rescue as others fled in terror.
Here in the USO lounge I was greeted warmly by two very charming ladies, volunteers, who give their time and effort to provide caring and helpful service to transiting military. Everyone is met with a smile, a cheery “Hello” and offers of a place to relax and a snack. As visitors leave, they hear a sincere “Thank you for your service.”
On TV, the news broadcasts violent demonstrations throughout the developing world against “America”, the imperialist, the war monger. This, in the face of the fact that the USA is the most generous nation in the world, providing immediate, massive aid to those suffering a major disaster. It does not matter if that country in need is friend or foe; alleviating human suffering is the ultimate goal. I am not aware of any other country, other than Canada, providing aid to the USA when hurricanes or devastating snow storms wreak havoc and suffering. How often does one hear leaders or recipients of American aid spending any time to educate their people on the help given?
I speak of the kind people who come to my mind; but, good souls exist everywhere if one just opens one’s eyes to see them.
Who do you know or witness deserves recognition and appreciation? - Give them a kind word. “Thank you” is a fine start.
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