Last evening Susie and I went for a walk. Yeah, it was like 100 degrees, but we figured it would only be a short walk around the neighborhood. And anyway, I like the heat. As it turned out, it was a really nice walk, but there was one stretch of the path where the sidewalk is actually blacktop, and there’s no shade.
As we were walking along this part of the path, commenting on the fact that there was no shade in sight, it occurred to me that there are places in the world where it’s like this all the time – three digit temperatures and no shade. I found myself imagining what it would be like to be walking along, not in shorts and a t-shirt, but in full fatigues… And a helmet… With a pack on my back… Where people might shoot at me.
So for Independence Day, this week’s blog is just a simple note of appreciation for all those who have volunteered to serve our country in military service. No matter what you think of the politics behind any military action or military presence, those men and women have unselfishly sacrificed and endured a lot for the sake of other people.
And to all our veterans (whether they volunteered or not), thank you, on behalf of all of us who never had to serve.