About a week ago, I volunteered at the local Salvation Army. This particular facility encompasses one of the largest Salvation Army residences in the country -- housing 500 men, women, and children at all times! My assignment was to help serve dinner in 3 shifts to the male residents. One of these shifts is made up of homeless veterans. As they made their way into the cafeteria, each gentleman found a seat and raised his hand to indicate he was in need of a tray. Every one of them was gracious and hungry.
After all trays were delivered and consumed, one by one the men stood up to leave. I started wiping down tables in preparation for the next shift, and as I was cleaning around one gentleman who was not yet finished, I apologized for disturbing his dinner. He looked up at me, smiled, and said "thank you so much for feeding me." I replied "thank you, too!" And, although it was just a brief interaction during a fleeting moment in time, I will never forget it as long as I live.
VETERANS DAY IS THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
To all the veterans who have served in the past, and to all who are now serving on behalf of our country -- a sincere and heartfelt "THANK YOU" for your selfless acts of bravery, courage, patriotism, and loyalty. Because of you, I have a life of opportunity and many blessings for which I am truly grateful.