When Uncle Sam asked me to write for him, my first thought was why? Maybe it is because I ask too many questions. Every time I seen him online, I knew I could ask him about what was really going on. I trusted him. I asked questions and he always answered my honestly. (Uncle Sam is straight forward and doesn’t worry about hurting anyone’s feelings!) Honesty is how you earn respect. A lot of people have forgotten this. I hear people saying that they deserve respect and I agree. My question, is what have you done to earn that respect? What does respect really mean?
This is Webster’s Dictionary’s definition of respect. It has occurred to me that people have forgotten what it really is like to be respected or to be shown respect. When I see a funeral procession, why am I almost always the only one that pulls over? I didn’t know the person but I feel in their passing, respect has been earned. I think of their families and friends left with an empty void and in those few moments that I sit in my car watching, it reminds me of how precious those I care for are, how they can be gone in the blink of an eye.
I thank a veteran for their service everyday not just on Veteran’s day. I bite my tongue in the middle of a restaurant, on Veteran’s Day, as Taps is played for the MIA’s as a lady complains about the bugle. I wasn’t angry with her, I was disappointed. How could she act in such a way? Does she not know what that table with a lit candle, a single red rose, and the empty chair represent. How could she not know? Does she not realize that every head bowed, with Taps playing in the year of 2013, most of us quietly accepting the fact that the MIA’s from Vietnam, Korea, all these wars from many years ago, they are not coming home? Is it possible that people have forgotten? How can you forget the thousands upon thousands of people that sacrificed for our country? These people left their families and traveled far away from home to countries that were so different, so strange. Most of them probably watched the country they lived in until it completely vanished. They fought and died on foreign soil in the name of what is right. No one wants to leave their home but they did. They served our country. Now- that is respect.