As I grow older, Veterans Day becomes more of a day of reflection. I am a proud veteran, the son of a veteran and the father of an Air Force staff sergeant winding down her service to this great country.
Annually, I watch “The Band of Brothers” and will argue silently with anyone who says a World War II soldier was not the true “soldier’s solider.”
A good friend of mine told me about “pay it forward.” It can be something as small as telling a stranger to have a nice day or paying for their meal at a drive-through restaurant.
Each time I see a veteran — often they are wearing a cap or a pin to let you know that they served — I say, “Thank you for your service.” The veteran appreciates that you took time to speak. And this gesture costs absolutely nothing.
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Major Dick Winters, of Easy Company 506th, said his grandson asked him if he was a hero. He replied that he was not a hero, but he had served in a company of heroes.
On Veterans Day, please pay it forward and tell a veteran “thank you.” I promise it won’t hurt a bit.