On this 3-day weekend we look forward to some time off and gatherings with friends and family. Often forgetting the real reason for the holiday. Picnics are great. So are fireworks. Lemonade. Watermelon. Ice-cold beer. All good.
But I try to remember that we have holidays, picnics, great food, freedom of travel and gathering because of those who have stood the watch. Because of those who’ve defended our freedoms and liberties – often with their lives.
Small things matter
My room mate just got back from grocery shopping and he told me there was a man ahead of him in line who was a Viet Nam vet. He was badly injured and burned and had a hard time putting his groceries in his cart. It took a long time. My room mate gave him bags and helped him pack his groceries and carry them to his car. A small thing. But it made me proud of my room mate that he stopped and cared.
From Valley Forge to Afghanistan selfless Americans have gone to war to protect this country and its citizens.
I thank them for their service. I thank their families for their sacrifice. I keep them in my prayers.
Be safe this holiday weekend – and if you get the chance, do a small thing for someone to show you care.