I heard it from the man to my left. He stuck out a hand and smiled. I shook his hand and told him it was my honor.
This occurs in airports, hotels, at conferences and convenience stores. Citizens expressing their thankfulness for the military.
There were decades where veterans did not receive warm welcomes, appreciation, or simple thank yous. When I see a veteran in their 50s and 60s I’m deliberate in my thankfulness. They came home to empty airports and protests.
On this Veteran’s Day, a day honoring all who served (living and dead), thank someone for their service. It really means the world.
Want to do more? Vote. Enjoy picnics with family/friends. Go on road trips to national parks. Hang a flag. Run in a local election. Volunteer. Pay for the coffee of the person behind you.
Veterans have seen places in this world that change them forever. Places where none of the above happens.
Thank you for thanking a veteran.