If we’re passing, I thank them for their service.
I’ll sit near them in airport restaurants.
That way I can ask them questions.
That’s what nosey journalists do.
Where are they from?
What do they do in the service?
Will they make this their career?
I know my interest makes them feel good. And they should feel good.
John Bozard did something recently that impressed me.
John is a citizen-soldier, banker and USO board member.
John served in Afghanistan and knows how soldiers feel.
John walked over to a soldier at our airport.
The soldier sat alone near the baggage carousels.
John went way out of his way to greet this soldier,
He shook his hand and thanked him for his service.
He asked many of the questions I usually ask.
I know it made the soldier feel appreciated.
From now on, that’s what I’m going to do.
If I see someone in uniform, I’ll go out of my way.
Even if it’s across the street or across the airport.
I want them to know how much we appreciate them.
They are what Rudyard Kipling called our thin red line.
They stand between us and a relentless enemy.
Our young men and women show great qualities:
Courage, duty, honor, decency, commitment and grit.
They stand in harm’s way to protect us.
Please join me in this small effort.
Lets honor those who do this for us.
Everyone likes to be recognized and appreciated.
Lets do it for them . . . and for us as well.
It will make you, too, feel great to thank them.
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