I decided to return to the memorials the following Memorial Day weekend in my Dress Blues to thank people for their service, and console family members that lost their loved ones. I noticed three groups of people passing by on their motorcycles; Patriots, Veterans and Gold Star Family Members.
I wanted to show them my respect and compassion so I jumped off the curb and popped up a salute. Several hours later the last bike rolled past and the street rushed me and shared with me what it means to them.
My salute has been taken as a
"Welcome Home" to Korean and Vietnam Vets!
I never thought this Salute would mean as much as it does to the younger Veterans and Active Duty. Their validation is the highest honor for me to receive.
This Salute is a direct reflection of the love and compassion displayed by the ones that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
My efforts are to ensure our Nation does not forget. I have been told my standing there is a reminder.
The Salute opens the door to reach our youth, and inspire them to honor military sacrifice, respect themselves, each other, our elders and authority.
I motivate them to Blaze their own trail in life and further their education! I press upon them that the Government likes to help their people but they must help themselves so the Government can help those who cannot help themselves. The decisions they will make down the road will save lives and preserve our way of life. I believe they will be our next "Greatest Generation".
We need people to care for each other and our Nation.
The Salute has inspired people to see worth in themselves and see how easy it can be to make a difference in someones life.
Enthusiasm and Heart can take you a long way. I strive to reach Patriots and thank them for their service to our Nation with their service before self. People face so much adversity in life and deserve to be recognized for overcoming their hardships. I salute people who take care of their young, or take on the parental figure for kids that do not have parents. Seeing this makes my "service" worth it!