My heart is full after a very special Veteran’s day. I’m ashamed to say that many years I did not think about this holiday as much as I should have. I have not had a lot of experience or connections with veterans until recently when I started serving dinner and doing dishes at a local assisted living facility a few nights a week. I’ve been serving several veterans their mashed potatoes and filling their coffees and getting to know them. I see the pictures on their bulletin boards outside their bedroom doors, pictures of them on ships, in uniform, decades younger and on the brink of life. They’ve shown me their treasures and knick knacks of supreme sentimental value. I wanted to to do something special as a family to help us recognize these often forgotten heroes who have served us.
There was a gun tie clip that Michael especially liked, old-fashioned hand-cuffs, paperwork from when he worked for the FBI, his badges and more. I love how beneath it he had taped the flier recognizing and expressing thanks to all the veterans at the home. He had circled his name.