Today is one of those days when we are reminded to do something we should be doing every day. Honoring and thanking past and current Veterans. Veterans are very Real People who have decided to take an extraordinary career path by entering the military to serve our country and protect us all.
For the majority of us, imagining what it is like to go through military training and active service is just that — something we can only imagine. It is a service that we hear about, legends and stories we learn, and news and images we see on TV. But it isn’t something that most of us truly experience. And I know that at least for me, it can be hard to wrap my head around what our Veterans have seen, done, sacrificed and endured.
Especially humbling are those Veterans who gave their lives fighting for us and protecting us, and all of those who have been somehow injured in the line of Duty. They all deserve our respect and gratitude. Then there are all of the other Veterans who walk among us today, or are off right this very minute answering the call.
My Dad fought in the Korean War. His stories he has told us over the years never cease to amaze me — nor do the stories I hear from other Veterans. They are truly awe-inspiring. Today I am also thinking about the very Real Women who are somehow connected to the Military. I think about the women Dad left behind when he went to war. What was it like for my mom, his then fiance, to hope and pray he returned? She was only able to speak to him once the whole time he was off fighting — when Dad was granted leave to Japan and spent hours in a hotel room just waiting to put a overseas phone call through. Or his mother, who was collecting stubs of candles to box up and send to her son and the other troops so they’d have light to use at night on the front lines.
Sure, technology has changed, and the wives, girlfriends, mothers, and sisters of our troops today have a bit more opportunity to stay connected — but the anxiety and worry can’t possibly be any easier.
And today, of course, are the Real Woman who are serving in the military. They have gone through unbelievable training, and have left family and loved ones, even their own children, behind to serve our country. I like to think of myself as a strong women — but I can’t hold a candle to any of them. I am in awe.
Today, as I go about my safe, peaceful, easy, happy civilian life, I will think about, honor, thank, and respect the Veterans in all of our lives who do what they do so I can have the life I lead. They are Extraordinary Real People.