Veterans Day 2018 Salute
Within the world of Trucking or even Truck Parking in America it is a simple fact that so many of the men and women that drive our highways and deliver the necessities that we need to live are military veterans. I am not bringing up something new but I am mentioning something not often talked about instead of simply saying thank you.
As I write this, it is Sunday morning in the wee hours of 4:30 am. The skies are clear without signs of rain clouds and the sunrise is beginning to peak over the horizon. I am looking out a window just like so many will be doing behind the wheel of a truck or hopefully from the warm insides of a home. It is difficult and in some cases impossible to truly relate to what our military veterans experience on a battlefront or just outside of that. I personally know what it is to hear a bullet whiz past you and the definite sound that makes in your ears and in your heart. I was not a military soldier but I did experience that as a police officer. I know it is not exactly the same thing and that is why I had to write this. There are similarities that I experienced but it is the distinct differences I believe we should be aware of and remember.
Any young man or women that donates their life to serving as a veteran steps foot onto a battlefield, and even long after the war is over they never leave those places. Those places become part of who they are and will be as long as they breathe. I will not go into detail of the nightmares or the faces they see, as I do know that experience first-hand and do not care to relive that or ask veterans to relive it either. But today I do wish to pay notice to every veteran that I do share something with. The veterans I speak of are the veterans in my personal family and to those I interact with as part of the trucking industry.
I do not thank you for your service you gave 5, 10, 20, or even 30 plus years ago, I respect you for that service. I do thank you for the daily service that you continue to give to our country and to making daily life possible by driving and delivering everything all of us need in the united states and the world to function. We often forget those in the world that enable us all to live better or at all on a daily basis and only are reminded of being thankful on one or two days a year. As for veterans that drive trucks and keep the country rolling, most of society are unaware of the long hours in total isolation and weeks at a time being away from family and home. I know that for me I would forget how the holidays would be if I were far from home. The hero’s that served our country are still serving our country.
Maybe the veterans of today that work in the truck driving industry do not wear special uniforms with metals and decorations but they do continue to serve our country and face life threatening dangers on a regular basis. Myself and all of us here at The Truck Depot LLC want all of our Military veterans to know that we respect and thank you for your past, current, and future service that you give our country and every one of our communities.