Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Today I am grateful for Hometown Heroes. How sad it is that so many young men and women are not recognized for their military service. I remember guys coming home after Vietnam and they were shunned and publicly mocked. Horrible times.
Then there are those taken from us due to military conflicts and war, long before their time. To lose a loved one in any way is shocking, but when your son or daughter, husband or wife, brother or sister, has dedicated their life to fighting for our country. . .and you get “that” call. . .you can be nothing but inconsolable. For as long as it takes.
My small town of Lansdale, Pennsylvania is honoring local military with veteran banners bearing pictures of those who served. They started turning up on lamp posts last Spring. I noticed them when we were driving someplace because they were so striking that we pulled over so we could read them. Now we pull over often, to honor the men and women who’s faces appear. These people have signed on for jobs that many of us take for granted. They deserve our respect and public recognition.
Wouldn’t it be great if every community did this? Wouldn’t it be great if your community did this? Lansdale has soldiers dating back to the Civil and Spanish American War and every conflict since. But it doesn’t matter if it was WWI or WWII or Korea, Vietnam, The Gulf War or any other skirmish that I can’t remember. When someone you love joins any branch of the military, you know that their life could be in jeopardy. And if they don’t make it home alive, you are forever changed.
This is what happened to a friend and former co-worker of mine. She and her husband got the call. . .yes, THAT call. Their son, who had been fighting the global war on terror, was gone, leaving behind a wife and a couple of kids. How sad.
His flag just went up near a park, in a place of honor. Nothing can bring him back, but what a wonderful way to remember and honor him and others who have served. Hometown Heroes who kept us safe. Some survived. Some didn’t. Bless every one of them.
(Permission granted to use the picture.)