Commitment to Serve

Continuing to think about our veterans this week.

I didn’t grow up in a military family.  My dad and grandfather got lucky; neither had to serve during the draft years of WWII, Korea, or Vietnam.

I was lined up to enter an ROTC program when I headed into college, but then declined the offer. I wasn’t too keen on what I imagined the chain-of-command would be like.

My father-in-law was in Seaman in the US Navy.  He has an uncle that served as well.

I’ve got a few cousins that served.  One was overseas in Vietnam in the US Navy.  Years later, his son did four years after high school as a US Marine.  He’s served his community his whole career in transportation work and law enforcement.

I have another cousin who served as well, in the Air Force.

My AF Cuz, he shared this piece on Veterans Day.  I love these succinct words, spanning his years of military service and further service as an officer in the fire department.

“Then, and now,” he says, “So I ride…”

“And so, I ride. As I head home from an overtime shift downtown on this Veteran’s Day, I reflect on the many rides to and from work over the past 30 years; in 1989 it involved crossing over taxiways on an Air Base, waiting as fighter jets passed before we headed out on training sorties. As I continue to serve in my community, I think about those who I served along side over the years. I am glad to have had the opportunity that allows me to be a veteran. Enjoy your Veterans Day- go for a ride today – enjoy that feeling of freedom you get on two wheels.

And, so I ride.”

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