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Veterans Day 2012: Gratitude For Your Service
Grateful For You
Honoring Our Service Men and Women
There is a very dear friend of mine, his name is Ron Martin. Ron is more than the average guy in many ways but on veterans day he always remembers those who served in the United States Military Armed Forces. Ron never lets me forget how important it is to honor those who have given their time, resources or in some cases their lives for the liberties we share today.
Ron is not only a friend and former warrant officer, (he flew helicopters and was part of one of the earlier Apollo recovery missions and that's a whole story of its own) but he is a man who you can trust for the integrity of his word and because he is, I value his friendship greatly.
On Veterans Day however, Ron represents everything I think of when I think of those men and women who, in the face of adversity did what had to be done, when it had to be done and sometimes when it wasn't popular to do it, like in Vietnam for example.
The primary reason for this hub is just to say thank you! Thank you to my friend Ron, and to all those who have served, in conflict or not, and I want to express my deepest gratitude for those families who have experienced the ultimate sacrifice. I cannot imagine the range of emotions they must live with and to this day I feel and overwhelming sense of gratefulness for their service.
Asheville, NC Remembers
Thank You Too - Asheville, NC
As a testimony to others who feel the same way I do, I have included this photo of a flag lined street in Asheville, NC. When I awoke this morning I ate breakfast as I normally do on my weekend off. Traveling up the tree lined road along the golf course towards the gym, I noticed a flag...then another...then another and I then looked up the street and as far as I could see there were...flags. My heart began to beat a special type of beat. I was full. My eyes welled full with tears of joy and sadness. My town was observing Veterans Day 2012 like I had never experienced before.
I just want to say thank you Asheville, NC for saying "Thank You" to our service personnel! I am truly grateful for all of you!