That’s all I needed to hear. It turns out that gratitude from a single grandchild trumps the ridicule of any number of critics. With this in mind, I now pass on my granddaughter’s (and my own) thanks to today’s guardians—from front-line leathernecks, to keyboard warriors—who all deserve kudos. All play an important role in keeping us safe. So, thanks to all of you heroes out there who, when the call to serve came, eagerly answered, “You can count on me!”
We do, every single day. – Kerry Patterson
With Memorial Day weekend this weekend I got a newsletter email with the lines above at the end.
That last line really stuck out.
We do, every single day.
We count on those in the armed forces, every day.
We count on them in ways we will never understand.
They give to us in ways we will never be able to repay.
Maybe I’m just getting sappy in my old age, but with each holiday that passes to remember or celebrate those who serve I become more and more aware of just how lucky most of us are.
Evil does exist. And there are men and women who stand between us and that evil.
They do so and continue to do so despite the fact that it comes at an enormous personal cost.
I doubt any of them are thinking of Jake Davis and his little family in Chenoa, IL, but they go out there for us, every day. They do the same for you.
I think it is more than being thankful, though.
To be sure, we should be thankful.
But we should do more than that. We should make the most of the opportunity they have given us. The freedom to choose our path in this world.
We have been given a tremendous gift, not to use it wisely would be unfortunate.
Make it a great day.