Veterans… They Deserve More Than A Day.

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This summer some new folks joined our home-church menagerie of families. It turns out that the mom of this particular group and I are sisters, separated at birth. Well, maybe not, but we do share a similar, and sometimes disturbing trait: we’re both slightly off our nuts. It’s a good thing to know you are not a salty, solitary nut in this world.

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Anyway, the first time we met, she had come to church alone, to check out the home churchers before she subjected her kin, ya know, just in case we were all a bunch of wackos. She left her kids and husband at home. We musta been okay ‘cause the whole family came the next week and they’ve been back time and time again ever since then.

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Within the midst of this family is a man, mister Toby. Sir Toby. Dude Toby. Soldier Toby. Yeah, I’m not quite sure what to call him (just don’t call him late for dinner, right?).

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So let’s think about yesterday. Veteran’s Day. My grandpa served in the Army during World War II. And my mom served in the Navy during Vietnam. My father served during Vietnam too, but he drowned in the bottom of a bottle soon after. Lots and lots of folks in my family served in the military… and maybe yours too?

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While Veteran’s Day coincides with the anniversary of the ending of World War I, and was originally dedicated to those soldiers, nowadays it is a national holiday set aside to honor all of our Armed Services Veterans.

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My mere words of thanks

for all you’ve sacrificed

are not enough.

I know.

And for this, I am so sorry.

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Let me get back to that new family at the home church. They are built of some really tough stuff.

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One horrible day, Marine Toby, was wounded while serving our country.

One horrible day, his wife got a dreaded phone call.

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Pain. Therapy. Strength. Humility. Devotion. Rehabilitation. Frustration. Dedication. … These are now integral parts of their lives.

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And for some reason, God put them in our midst. Plunk! I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just so the missus and I could laugh ‘til we wet our britches, or so our kids could sit together on the floor while the preacher man teaches, or so we could break bread with other families every Sunday, or so we could gather around a bonfire and talk and laugh and make s’mores. Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe that’s exactly why He put them in our midst. And us in theirs.

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Sir Toby and Miss Liz, I’m ever so thankful to call you friend and family-in-Christ. Don’t worry, you’ll never get pity from me; ‘cause yikes, that just doesn’t do anyone a lick o’ good; but, you will get empathy, kindness, compassion, honor, respect, and of course, love.

 

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Duh, I don’t know why it took me so long. Well yah, I do. It has something to do with knocking the ole noggin’ around a time or two, me is slow on the uptake. I just realized the proper titles for the two of you:

 

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Hero Toby.

Hero Liz.

 

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I’m a better person for knowing you.

 

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psssstt – We missed ya yesterday. You were on the minds and hearts and lips of your new church family. It’s more than just me that loves you guys. You are the glory of God, right here on earth.

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All the soldiers of America, thank you. As for me and my house, we not only serve the Lord, but we appreciate and value your service, your sacrifice. You all remain in our thoughts and our prayers. And not just the ones who tote the guns, but also the ones who carry the loads, here at home. May God bless you as you richly deserve.

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4 thoughts on “Veterans… They Deserve More Than A Day.”

  1. Hey Darlene… Thank you for honoring veterans and soldiers the way you day, not just on a specified day, but all through the year. As you may remember, my father-in-law died of leukemia in 2009, the result of intense exposure to Agent Orange during his time in Vietnam.

    I appreciate you, Darlene. I don’t get over here nearly as often as I’d like to lately, due to my writing deadlines, but I want you to know how much I care for you. 🙂

  2. S. Etole says:

    A beautiful tribute both in photo and word. We more than likely have little idea of all that they sacrifice.

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