Thank You For Serving

In the fall of 1967, I left for boot camp at the Great Lakes Navel Training Center. For the next four years, I got to see more countries, islands, and bodies of water than I remember spread out over five continents. Today, is Veterans Day here in the United States and it is a time for me to be a little nostalgic. After 35 years, I can't remember the names of all the men I served with but I can remember their faces like it was yesterday. I also know that many of them are no longer with us.

One of the greatest benefits of writing this blog is that I get to communicate and meet with some amazing people. Once in a while, I actually get to meet someone in person. I met Bill Wagner about a month ago. It turns out we both live in the same little town in Bucks County, PA.

Two days ago he sent me an email thanking me for serving.

It was only the second time in over 40 years that someone thanked me. The first time happened only two years ago and came from a former Marine pilot.  I was so taken back by the heartfelt thank you, I was at a loss for words.

I want to make something very clear, this isn't about me. I'm telling you this story because there are hundreds of thousands of men and women who served during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1973 who have never heard those words.

Times have changed and despite the Middle East wars also being "unpopular" we have learned as a country to support our men and women in uniform. Today, if you live here, would be a good day to say "Thank you for serving" to one of them.

You might never know how much those words will mean. It meant a lot to me. Thank you Bill Wagner.

And, thank you to everyone else reading this who has ever served our country.

1 thought on “Thank You For Serving”

  1. Blush. I didn’t know a two sentence email would spark an entire blog post! A big thank you to all who served or are serving our country and also a special thanks to those of you who lost loved ones.
    I was fortunate to be able to meet Bob in person and was really impressed with his generous spirit and concern for others. I’m sure he could write the marketing lesson more eloquently, but a simple heart-felt communication can really make somebody’s day. Don’t try to fake it, they will see through it.

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