Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veterans Day

I was retrieving the kid from school this afternoon when I encountered a young man in uniform.

I wished him a Happy Veterans Day and thanked him.

His shoulders squared, his chin rose, and he said, "I just got back two days ago."

I interrupted with a "Welcome Home!".

He stood even taller, said, "Thank you. It means a lot, 'mam," and told me his story of duty, deployment, and returning to a home that wasn't the same, and I was reminded that simple thanks indeed mean a lot more than we imagine.

Thank a veteran today...and every other day of the year.


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