I believe heroes seldom feel heroic. They might feel hungry, thirsty, tired, scared, impatient, grubby, overlooked, over-tasked, under-informed…but not heroic. Heroes are often too busy looking at the job they need to do, to spend time looking in the mirror, admiring themselves.
And in this crazy world, where we lionize the trivial, and trivialize the lions, there are too few people who take the time to tell the men and women doing the hard work of heroism that they really are…heroic. To hold up a mirror, and let them know that what they do, how they do it, and why they do it, is the very best of our national character.
And so I can’t let this day go by without thanking all those who have served our country, especially those who have placed themselves in harm’s way for the sake of our Constitutional freedoms, and our security.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, and with those you love.
Happy Veterans’ Day.