Thank Someone in Uniform

My wife and I recently went out on a date. Yes my wife and I still date after almost 20 years and three children.

I encourage all of you men and women out there who are married to date your spouse just as you did before they became your spouse. I encourage you to try a weekly date night, but trust me I know that is not always doable. Finances, kids, and busy schedules sometimes trample on those endeavors. However, date your spouse as often as possible.

Dates don’t have to be expensive. You can swap the babysitting duties with another couple to make it free for both families. You can make the date a trip to the park for a homemade picnic.

One of my favorite date nights ever, was when my wife and I did a blanket picnic in our living room. Someone kept our kids and we stayed home and we were ‘romantical’ without spending big bucks on a trip to a restaurant.

Anyway, I digress…

My wife and I went on a dinner date to a very popular, thus very busy, casual dining restaurant near our home. We had a gift card that was a Christmas gift, so we decided to use it for a little R&R. You know any meal you don’t cook is a good meal.

We were seated at our table for two and the booth to my back had a couple of younger men holding it down. One of the men was in his digital camouflage battle dress uniform. The table location was in a very high traffic flow area and many people were coming and going throughout our meal.

After we had ordered, I felt someone up over my left shoulder; I glanced into my peripheral and saw a couple making their way to the exit. As the couple passed the soldier’s table immediately behind me, the gentleman said, “Thank you for your service,” to the soldier.

I beamed with pride that I had heard the comment and looked to my wife and she nodded that she had heard it too. It was sincere. It was meant for the soldier alone, but I was glad I/we had heard it.

It made me proud because too few times today is that simple, but meaningful, phrase bestowed upon the deserving. Too often the phrase ‘thank you’ is used more tongue-in-cheek or sarcastically than with sincerity and meaning.

I did not thank this soldier myself. I should have. I felt somewhat embarrassed that I did not do it first. I didn’t want to seem like I was jumping on the bandwagon, so I didn’t say anything. Not an excuse or a reason, simply my confession.

NavyI have in times past, however, thanked some men and women in uniform. I am genuinely appreciative of what they do for my family, our nation, and me. I cannot imagine what life would be like without the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our military or public services, past and present.

I am a grandchild of two United States Navy Sailors that served in WWII. I have an affinity for WWII History especially as it involves the US Navy and US Naval Aviation. Both of my grandfathers were in Naval Aviation.

This past July 4th weekend, our first in a new town, we attended the traditional parade and celebration. Honestly it was the first such event I had attended in my lifetime. My family and I stood with great pride and watched the different units and floats pass by.

In my peripheral, happens a lot I guess, I caught the bright white of a familiar uniform. It was a veteran in his dress white sailor uniform, a ‘Greatest Generation’ sailor. He so reminded me of both of my grandfathers.

With some trepidation, I made my way through the crowd and walked up to this veteran. I stuck out my hand, and he returned the gesture. As I shook his hand I said, “Thank you for your service,” with tears streaming down my cheeks.

With a glistening appearing in his eyes, he replied, “You’re welcome.” I turned and walked away, hoping that the moment meant as much to him as it did to me.

I never thanked my grandfathers for their service. I really didn’t know to or understand it all while they were still living. So this unknown-to-me sailor gave me an opportunity that I thought might not ever happen. He became my surrogate to thank my grandfathers for their service, for the freedoms I still get to experience because of their sacrifice.

Thank someone in uniform. Thank someone in the military, in law enforcement, in the fire service, or in the emergency services. Take a brief moment, practice a few words and use them. It will probably do as much for you as it will for them.

“Thank you for your service.”

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Bergen Mease

Bergen Mease

Author, baseball fan, Florida State University Seminoles sports nut, Gulf Coast native usually somewhere with his feet in the sand.

Those are just a few things that could generally describe Bergen Mease. However, more importantly he is a Believer in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He is a patriot of the United States of America that comes from a US Navy family. He lives with his wife and children, whom they are raising with conservative leanings. He served as a law enforcement officer and more recently as a law enforcement and emergency services Chaplain. His mission is to write about topics that will make everyone think about how they treat others both personally and professionally.
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  1. I like many others don’t like it! When I am with a friend of mine they thank him too, and he never served a day in the military so it just shows peoples ignorance. I feel that “thank you for your service” has become a fad, and a phrase like “god save the queen” . When I am eating dinner at restaurant with my family I don’t like being bothered by people saying “thank you for your service”. It has annoyed me so much that I no longer go to the Veterans Day parade and keep my hair longer and grew a beard……. and no I don’t wear swag either.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/sunday-review/please-dont-thank-me-for-my-service.html?_r=0

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