How do you thank
military & Veterans for their service?
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Meeting some of our military,
in support of #TruePatriotLove -
supporting military, Veterans and their
families. @tplfoundation had a 1940s
themed fundraiser last night with some
speeches and performances
The highlight of my night was a speech
by a Major,
who at first I thought looked young
for his accolades but then spoke
of serving in 1985.
I remember him carrying a lot of
strength about him. A stern resilience,
and honor. I asked myself why.
I wondered what made him come
across this way. Strong.
I realized that it wasn’t him physically,
making him capable at that moment,
but that is was his mind.
My Dad says
“Battles are won,
and lost in the mind”
I asked myself about the relationship
with my own mind
Then to my surprise,
I watched the hero come full circle,
as he choked back an unexpected
wave of heavy emotion, recalling
the unforgettable smell of bodies on the
referenced by an Author who
spoke prior to him.
He goes further to joke about his
‘lapdogs’ who he feels saved him
during his return home.
It’s beautiful to see heroes that aren’t
stone, like we do in most movies.
One thing I loved about Bruce Lee is
when he killed someone you could see
the toll it took in his eyes, whereas
today I find heroes often painted to be
emotionless vessels of will & brute force
I don’t foresee the military leaving
much room for emotion in their training,
but here we observed it from one of
their high ranking Majors.
I feel like the room respected him all
the more for this
Watch some of his speech on my video
when he addresses embracing life and
thoughts of no longer wanting to live.
“Come and find me”
assured the Major.
“Life is to seize, and to have and to hold
and just to enjoy the hell out of it”
I went to shake his hand afterwards and
found myself uncomfortable saying
“thank you for your service”,
because I’m on the fence as to
whether this is appropriate and have
read up on some articles
about the gesture.
I left it to a simple handshake
What are your thoughts on the topic?
And how do you respond when friends
express they’re not sure they want to go