Thank You


Guest Writer Gary “John” Schofield

Every couple of months I get to write an article and I can write about anything I want, sometimes it’s difficult to decide what topic to tackle, but I always seem to land back on things that are close to my heart and this time around it’s an easy one. Thank you…

Two simple words that can have a profound effect on a person that show gratitude and appreciation for any number of a million things that someone can do for you, but this weekend I think those two words take on a more dramatic meaning than ever as we celebrate Veterans Day.

Lately it seems that a lot of folks have been throwing Veterans into political conversations for whatever their motivations are and whenever I hear it I wonder when is the last time that any of those folks actually sincerely thanked a Veteran for their service and sacrifice. I know I don’t do it enough, especially where we live, there are ample opportunities to show gratitude to those brave men and women that signed up for a duty that I know, I wasn’t brave enough to make that commitment. The time they serve and the distance they travel to do a job that they don’t get paid enough for and have so much to lose by doing, all in the name of serving the country they love.

It is the most admirable form of commitment and loyalty that I can imagine and all too often we take these folks for granted. Every year Veterans Day comes and people, myself included, share their Facebook posts, maybe call their Mom or Dad that served, shoot their sibling a text and say “Happy Veterans Day”. And that is great that we do that, but I wonder why we don’t do it more often? I actually heard an interesting idea on Friday that we should have a Veterans Day every month, I’ll be honest we could have one every week and it wouldn’t be enough.

There are lots of people in my family that served from my Grandfather to my Brother and Uncles and cousins in between, but we didn’t really talk about it. Unless some of the guys that served were sharing “war stories” it wasn’t something we made a big deal out of, but looking back I’m thinking that we should have.

So as the sun is fading on another Veterans Day and your kids are back to school, some not even realizing why they were off on Friday, let’s make a pact together to show more gratitude, especially to our Veterans, but to each other too.

For real if we all tried to be a little more gracious and kind in our day to day lives, there would probably be a lot less conflict and I think we’d all be happier for it. Just some food for thought and I hope these words may inspire you to be more positive and I’ll start the chain now…Thank You.