My interviews with these warriors are always –always—inspiring. One young corporal this past Veterans’ Day had gone through 117 surgeries and was looking at many more, but he was upbeat and had just returned from a gathering of his comrades at the Marine Corps Marathon, where dozens of members of Team Semper Fi –some in wheel chairs, others on bikes and many running one new legs—had triumphed over the 26.2 mile course.
Others had family members speak for them, to detail the courage and the determination of the se warriors. These wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters are heroes themselves, loving caring, pushing and pulling and above all encouraging their soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in their recoveries.
So on this Thanksgiving, when heads bow and prayers are said of genuine gratitude for the blessings we all enjoy because we are all Americans, add a prayer and a thought for the millions of men and women who are serving around the world, gathering in halls from Kosovo to Djibouti, from Kabul to Baghdad, from Fort Carson in the shadow of the Rockies to thousands of feet below the sea.
Keep at the front of the list those who are without their loved ones who are in the mansions of the Lord already and right behind them those who are recovering from wounds suffered for you and me.
And as you settle down to turkey-induced haze and football, perhaps visit one of these wonderful groups and make your first expenditure of the holiday season one that says Thank You to the guardians on the wall.