Monday, May 29, 2017
A Rare Nobility
Today, less that 0.5% are serving in the armed forces, and only a small percentage of the remaining 99.5% are sharing in their sacrifice—unless you count paying taxes. I don’t.
Further, I know that if I were to post a picture or a meme today thanking those who served and gave their lives in the service of our country, more than a few in my audience would be disappointed by my post. I might lose a few friends, who are anti-military, having made their thoughts known over the years. They might be quick to say that they’re not against those serving in the military; it’s just what the military does that they’re against—a distinction lost upon an actual soldier. (That’s like telling me that you’re not anti-pastors, you’re just anti-church.)
But I recognize a beauty in those who take up a cause for the benefit of others that costs them more than the minor discomfort of marching and holding a sign of protest. I see a struggling nobility in those whose families lost a father, mother, son or daughter in the service of my country. They know why they served, even if that service is not glorified by those served.
Well, today I am glorifying you. I cannot actually show appreciation to those who gave up their lives—which is what Memorial Day is about—but I’m standing up for them and for their families. I see you. What you’ve done, what you’re doing counts with me. Your rare nobility ranks high. Thank you.