By Marsha M. Brown
When I started to write this ‘GIG LINE’ I had, as usual, much to say…but then, I stopped a minute and thought again considering that sometimes less truly is more…so dear, sweet friends and faithful readers…this is what I have to say this time…
THANK YOU. Thank you for taking your precious time to read my thoughts about our veterans on a regular basis hearing me out through the final paragraph even though you probably fall asleep in the middle of it;
Thank you for keeping abreast of activities that honor and celebrate our veterans across Dare County so that you can be there also to thank them in person for their sacrifice;
Thank you for attending functions, fund raisers, meetings and for acknowledging the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council booth whenever you see it – just to say hello, to thank Council members for their commitment to vets and to offer your help;
Thank you for contributing to the American Legion Post 26 and the Outer Banks V.F.W. Post 10950 Poppy booths when you see them and for telling our veterans that you’re proud of them and grateful for their sacrifice;
Thank you for clapping, saluting and waving an American flag as our veterans participate in parade routes which brings tears to their eyes seeing that you really do care and that they really aren’t forgotten;
Thank you for offering help to our veterans in need then providing your labor, your staff, your equipment and even your money to help build wheelchair ramps, walkways, steps with handrails and even food, shelter and fuel on emergency basis;
Thank you professional people for signing up to discount your business goods & services so that our deserving vets get a break now and then demonstrating that while profit is necessary…respect to the most deserving of us all initiates president;
Thank you to those who read GIG LINE outside Dare County who have also served our great nation and who work for the good of their brothers and sisters whenever they can;
Very sincerely…thank you all for the kind, generous things you have done with your time, money and most importantly prayers to support and love our heroes.
This is the season for reflection on the things that matter most in our lives; that touch our heart and that heal our spirit. No matter what…this is a time of thankfulness, forgiveness, hope and love for each other; and a time to embrace and remember those who have gone before us.
Know that you are in our prayers each and every day and that we thank God for each of you. At airports, train stations, in grocery stores…please…look for our veterans every where you go…be mindful of them and their true, love of country and the people they serve to protect…even in exchange for their life…seek them out, shake their hand and thank them…and if they’re with family for the holidays…thank them too for sharing’ their’ veterans with us all.
In the coming weeks I’ll share some true and personal Christmas blessings but until then, hug each other and be happy…be safe…and be proud. If you know a vet who needs a helping hand please contact me (252) 202-2058. Even if we can’t do much…at the very least…we can thank them for their service, shake their hand, hug their neck and pray for them. God bless our service men and women and God bless you all. This Thanksgiving season, be especially thankful. Until next time stay tuned.