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Be of Service

“America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.” – John Doolittle

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” – Arthur Ashe

Thank You to all Veterans and military for your service and commitment to freedom and democracy.

Five years ago, I was in Washington DC with friend, cousin and partner in fun Jeanne. It was her first time there. I’ve been there several times through the years and I always find something new and inspiring at our nation’s Capital, despite the small politics and big egos that reside there. It’s also fun going with someone who hasn’t been there before to see it through their eyes. I’ve never been there on Veteran’s Day.

One of my most special memories of many was a veteran who walked slowly past the Korean monument. He stopped every five feet to salute and then do the sign of the cross. People walked by him, didn’t notice and kept going. We watched in reverence for a few minutes with quiet tears streaming down. Reverence, respect and gratitude deepened.

Today is a good day to be grateful for others service and to think about how we serve the world, not just ourselves. To be inspired and compelled to care and act on principles and truths that transcend time and circumstances. May each of our lives be marked by service that protects, raises and lifts others so we can truly change the world. Be of service, cast light.

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” – Alexander Hamilton

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