"Thank you for your service," he said.
The men shook hands, the veteran nodded, continued on his way and the other man reclaimed his seat.
A brief, respectful encounter that put tears in my eyes.
According to my VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) calendar, the Iraq War began ten years ago today, 3-19-03. If you've traveled by commercial airline in the past ten years then you've likely seen military personnel boarding planes,
Today is also my father's birthday.
He is a Vietnam War veteran and I proudly claim the title of air force brat. To me, Dad is a hero, but to him, the assignments he carried out in twenty plus years of military service were simply requirements of the job. It was an honor and privilege to serve his country and to wear the uniform, but still, it was his job, what he signed up for, what he was trained to do. (The OV10 Bronco at the beginning of this post is the type of plane Dad flew in Vietnam and a career favorite.)
How great is it to get a pat on the back, or a thank you for doing your job? Paychecks and bonuses and vacation days are confirmation that you put in the time, but when a colleague or peer gives you an attaboy/girl there is something uniquely special about it. A moment when you feel proud of your work and that someone noticed you put in the time. Imagine a complete stranger saying Thank You for something you accomplished on the job or just because they appreciated you doing it?
Romance fiction characters are labelled heroes and heroines,