In thanking veterans, the truth is that such quiet greatness, such discipline, such sacrifice, in lives during and beyond years of service, defy words that can do any justice to them. With that truth acknowledged, I can also acknowledge my own eternal gratitude. My eternal admiration and awe. Though I do understand the discomfort many veterans feel receiving it.
So how beautiful that, as I walked up to my neighborhood grocery store yesterday, wondering what guys wearing chef’s aprons outside were selling, I was thrilled to learn that they were doing a food drive for student veterans at a nearby college. The goal: to stock an on-campus pantry so no one goes hungry during finals. Such a small way to help. Yet so wonderful.
I took their list into the store, found my way around to fill a basket of items for them, and noticed several other obviously energized folks doing the same. The cashier seemed uplifted, too. Later, in my regular FaceTime call with my elderly father, I shared my unexpected elation. We both shed some tears.
What’s more, in thanking veterans today and every day, my gratitude extends to whole families and communities in which such unsung service is a way of life. Thank you. Peace be with you. And best wishes for all the beauty and goodness you and yours deserve in this life—and beyond.