Thursday Spotlight: Anny Cook

Kiss a Vet

Contrary to what some think, Veteran’s Day was not set aside for shopping, a day off from school, or a day off work. It was actually set aside to honor veterans. Whether living or dead, this is the day we are supposed to take time to appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made and to offer our thanks.

So I’m wondering when we do this… When is the last time any of us have shaken a veteran’s hand and said, “Thank you.” No parade. No big to-do. Just a simple heart felt thank you. I have several veterans in my family. Seems like today might be the day to acknowledge their contributions.

My dad was in the Air Force in the late forties. He was a plane mechanic on a base in Arizona. Dad, thank you for keeping the planes up and running for the pilot’s training. I appreciate your hard work.

My father-in-law was in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific. Pops, thank you for joining up and fighting in a nasty difficult war. I appreciate your hard work and the time you were away from home.

My cousin was in the Green Berets in Vietnam. Two tours of duty. Jack, thank you for going and fighting. Thank you for not giving up on America when we didn’t appreciate your sacrifice. Thank you.

Another cousin was in the Coast Guard at the tail end of the war. Not many people realize that the CG is part of our military and that often it’s more dangerous than other assignments. Molly, thank you.

My son was in the Navy for eight years. He finished his last tour the year after 9/11. He was stationed at the submarine base in Connecticut, responsible for 24 hour turn arounds for our subs as they guarded our shores from terrorists. Thank you, Tony. I’m glad you’re safe now.

How about you? Do you have someone to thank? Speak up and let us know! Whether it’s Veteran’s Day or not, remember to thank a vet.

Comments

  1. My Dad was in the Navy for thirty years. He was on a Submarine over by Vietnam in that horrible war. He retired a Chief Master Chief. I am very proud of him and thankful to him and all the other wonderful Vets.

  2. This piece is such a good reminder to us all!

  3. My father was in the Australian Army for 30 years. He worked in Vietnam with American Special Forces. Like all vets he does not boast about what he did nor does he describe the horrors he saw. Veterans – whatever country – are people who do a job because they feel impelled to protect

  4. There are many I would like to thank and they are all “strangers.” I’m a greatful for what they do for me each and every day.

    Tracey D

  5. My Dad was also a Submariner for 20 years. He served during the Cold War, which now talking to him with some of the things he can know talk about, makes Mom and me glad we did not know what was going on when he was on patrol.

    And he met Mom when she was a Navy Nurse. (He picked her up in the Officer’s Club) When Dad retired, she got a certificate as retiring as a Navy Wife.

    One brother also in the Navy. He only served 10 years, but part of that was over in the Gulf during the First Gulf War.

    The other brother broke with tradition and enlisted in the Army, instead of Navy Officer like the rest of the family. Luckily, he did not have to serve in any war zone.

    Ans a current cousin serving over at Iraq. Keeping him in my prayers.

  6. My Dad was in the Army from the time he graduated High School until a few years after my parents were married. Thank you Dad and Thank you Mom for marrying him and then staying home alone when they wouldn’t let you go with him.

    One of my very dearest friends is currently stationed in South Korea near the border to the North. She is in the Air Force. Love you Jules.

    Thank you to everyone who has ever served and Thank you to their families.

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