It’s Memorial Day Weekend. A time to pay tribute to those who place our safety above their own, day in and day out. A day to honor those that doing just that, paid the ultimate price. A day to remember the families and loved ones they left behind.
What strikes me about these people is their humility. When you tell a veteran or active service member “thank you for your service” they shrug it off and say “Just doing my duty”. I think putting your life on the line for others is well beyond duty.
My son, who was three at the time was involved in a minor accident and the Tulsa Fire Department responded. Everyone was fine and people were standing around doing paperwork and describing what had occurred. A young firefighter took my son and let him in their truck and wear his helmet while the other adults did what adults do. I told this firefighter thank you for what he does.I said I could never run into a burning building while others were running out. He said, “Sure you could. It’s just training.” Just training! Training might tell you where to run and how to run and what equipment to take but no amount of training could give you the spirit these brave people hold. They knew, when they pursued their calling of the possible price and enthusiastically said “Sign me up.” These men and women of the armed forces and first responders have a different set of DNA. They place a value on life beyond that of the rest of us have. They know that life has costs and they line up to pay that check for the rest of us every day.
So knowing it sounds so small in the light of what they do,
We owe you all more than any words can ever say.