Thank You for Your Service!

Thank You for Your Service!

The old man walks into a market
With a slow limping gait, but steady,
To pick up a few things.
His cautiously budgeted list ready.

He wears a slim cap, forward to back,
With a lot of earned pins
From the VFW and
From the wars he’d fought in.

A young guy approaches,
A little reluctant at first and nervous,
But then with a firm voice says,
“Thank you for your service!”

The elder observes the boy
Looking him right in the eyes.
Then utters, “You‘re welcome.”
Lips quivering as if he might cry.

They part ways,
But in that one moment, earnest,
He has acknowledged him
For sustaining our country, fervent.

Remembering our troops
On this Veterans Day observance,
Let’s also stop and thank them
For their loyal service.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thank You for Your Service! © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Veterans Day is a good time to remember the sacrifice of our Veterans in service to our country.  However, anytime is an excellent time.  We must not forget what they have done to keep us free!

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Thank you and Have a Good Veterans Day! – ” ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’  As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)