“Oh, is it five dollars?” I asked, a tad embarrassed of my small donation.
“No no, it's whatever you would like to give. You don't owe me anything.” The Veteran, in humility, replied.
I was immediately taken aback by the irony of his statement. I thought, “Yes sir, I do owe you, my very life in fact.” I wished I had told him that at the time.
If you are reading this sir, or if any Veterans are reading this, I want you to know your service is not forgotten. The sacrifices you and your comrades made, has kept this country a beautiful and safe place to live in. Whether you are in your nineties, or in your youth, if you serve, or served, in the armed forces, I want to thank you for all you have done for me, and this country. Whatever your reasons were for doing what you did, you defended my loved ones, and for that I thank you.
None of us likes war. Sadly though, war sometimes becomes inevitable. And when those wars have arisen, it's good to know, we have had such brave Canadians respond and fight for our freedoms. Whether or not you feel you were brave, and whether or not you felt the weight of fear in combat, is not what defines bravery. What is important is that you did what you had to do, and good came out of it. I salute you!
Your sacrifice reminds me of the greatest sacrifice ever made. After all, it was Jesus who said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (NIV)
Indeed, as a Christian, I see that Jesus laid down His own life in a battle too, to give us the free gift of salvation. His battle was not against flesh and blood, but against the forces of darkness, who were trying to keep people in spiritual bondage, those forces that stimulate corruption in earthly considerations. But, without the sacrifices of our Veterans, many people in this country would never have lived to enjoy the 'religious' freedoms, which provide for them to accept the gift Jesus gave, if they so choose.