Yesterday, I was at the North End Terminal waiting for my bus to get to work, and I saw a lot of Marines down there handing out cups and bumper stickers to promote their 'Toys for Tots' drive.
I called to one of the Marines and beckoned him to me. Without asking him, I reached over and gave him a big hug, and said "Thank you, for all that you do for our Country'. When I looked at him, a tear began to fall from his face, and he thanked me, for thanking him. Pretty soon, others who saw this exchange between me and the Marine, followed suit...they all came over and began to hug him and thank him, with tears in their eyes. Which only goes to show me, that one person CAN make a difference.
If there is only one type of human being on Earth who is the MOST unselfish, it is the many men and women in our military who are brave enough, and loving enough of our country to sacrifice their lives for ours and for our freedoms.
Our brave men and women in uniform do not have to fight for us, or our country, or our freedoms, but it is because they love our country and value freedom that they are willing to risk their lives for us that matters.
Not many people have respect or admiration for our troops. But those that do will always have a special place in my heart. As does our military. It hurts my heart and angers me to no end when someone shows a lack of respect for our troops. It is because of them...the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, that we are able to retain our freedoms that are granted to us in our U.S. Constitution.
So, please, the next time you encounter a military soldier, walk up to him or her, and shake their hand, or give them a hug, and just say 'Thank you, for your unselfish act of sacrifice for me, and my country'.
Remember, one person Can make a difference, and by doing this one small gesture, the soul of your freedom will fly forever.
God Bless America, and God Bless Our Troops.
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