How can we honor our veterans on Veterans Day and every day?
My daughter-in-law, Jeri, has a compassionate heart for veterans; so, when she sees a soldier, whether it is on the streets of her home town or in an airport or in a place she is visiting, she goes directly to that soldier, holds or shakes her or his hand, and says, “Thank You! Thank You for serving our country.” Sometimes that is all that is said, but more often she engages that individual in a conversation.
Recently, when Jeri and her husband were in the airport, she saw an older gentleman with a WWII hat on and immediately engaged him in a conversation. He was on his way for a reunion with other veteran buddies who had flown together.
Much to his dismay, the flight was canceled and Jeff, Jeri’s husband, had secured the last rental car. So what would you do? What do you think Jeri did? Of course, she invited Jim to ride with them. He did and made it to his reunion because of their kindness.
This is Jim. Decorated, retired Air Force pilot, search & rescue pilot, freight pilot, humanitarian award recipient… great energy, wonderful spirit, remembers my name. All around cool dude. What stories are in that mind…? Wow. What a life?!
So start a Jeri habit: Whenever you see a soldier, find a way to honor him or her.
For more ideas on how to honor a vet, click this link: 100 Ways to Honor a Veteran