When I was very young, I was always fascinated by a small box that my father kept on his dresser. The box contained mementoes of his service.
There were numerous odd coins in curious shapes and sizes. Each with names and languages that I could not understand. There were also two or three medals on ribbons, solemn and beautiful, testifying to something mysterious. And then there was this odd little mechanism made of once shiny brass. It had levers and rods poking out of a little cylinder.
I was fascinated.
Slowly the story of these objects impinged on my understanding as my father told me stories about his days as a GI and engineer in Europe during World War II. He had been wounded in numerous places and still bore the scars, so the purple ribbon and the little ivory colored bust turned out to be a Purple Heart, a symbol thanking him for his sacrifice. The larger medal was a Distinguished Service Cross awarded to him and the men of his unit for building bridges across rivers ahead of the troops and under fire.
The odd cylinder was the trigger mechanism for a land mine such as had blown up under his jeep, riddling him with shrapnel and leaving him in the hospital for some time.
How many other men and women have, like my father, shouldered the burden of defending principles on behalf of citizens who may not know and probably do not properly honor that sacrifice? We should all pause and reflect on this contribution. Recognizing their service is the purpose of Veteran’s Day.
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This Veterans Day take a moment to honor the women and men in uniform who have given so much so that we may have the freedom we enjoy and say a heartfelt thank you.
Veterans, we salute you.
The Barrett Group