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Two Important Words

As small children one of the first lessons we are taught by our parents and our caretakers is to say, “Thank you” when someone does something for you or gives you something. It is a life lesson we all learned or should have picked up along the way. Each of us has experienced that feeling of giving from your heart, whether it be a handmade treasure, the perfect store-bought gift, or the giving of your time for a special purpose or cause, only to go unnoticed or not acknowledged by the recipient when what should have followed was a huge heartfelt “thank you” showing true appreciation for your thoughtfulness, time, and effort.

The third Saturday in may has been designated as National Armed Forces Day. A day set aside, designated, to honor the gift of countless men and women who have served our nation and pledged to protect and preserve at all cost. Consider the price of the gift given by these individuals; each one left their homes, put their lives on hold and, in many cases, their bodies in harm’s way. Our men and women of the Armed Forces left their families, some never to return, some returning different than when they left–be it physically or emotionally. Military service is a life-altering experience, it is not for the faint of heart or the weak of mind and body. Joining the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard is a choice, a choice some feel compelled to follow and a choice others cannot understand; regardless, it is a gift which is deserving of recognition by those who reap the benefits. On Saturday, May 16, 2020, National Armed Forces Day, remember those two important words you we taught early on, and say a big THANK YOU to the men and women of our Armed Forces for the gift they have given.

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