There is no way of repaying the brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedom and protection. We can, however, help them as much as we can by praying for their safety, reaching out to their families, and supporting them, whether financially or morally. Military veterans make the ultimate sacrifice not just with their commitment to serve and protect the nation and their countrymen, but by enduring the distance from their families and loved ones. Peace of mind and safety are enjoyed every day because of their bravery.
That's why it is only right to show our gratitude for their service. Not many people remember to acknowledge what these men and women do for us but those who do are able to extend their appreciation in ways that compensate for the trauma, the loneliness, and everything else military veterans have gone through. One veteran gives an account of a memorable evening he had when young marines showed their respect for him as he was out dining with his wife.
Lou Zezoff, a veteran from Granite City, recalls the time he and his wife went out for a nice dinner and had their meal paid for by four grateful Marines. He was just enjoying his meal quietly when one of the young men stood up to shake his hand and thank him for his sacrifice. The gesture caught Lou by surprise; after all, it isn't the type of scene that unfolds at dining establishments every day. The veteran thought it ended there, until the rest of the group stood up and expressed their gratitude.
"They wanted me to know how much they appreciated me."
Minutes after Lou and his wife finished their dinner, he beckoned for a waiter to bring over the check. The waiter approached their table with a grin on his face, telling him it was "his lucky day" as the four young Marines bought them their dinner. Lou went over to their table and put his arm around one of them, insisting they didn't have to pay for his dinner and that a simple "thank you" was enough.
Lou Zezoff's narrative reminds us how important it is to show our appreciation for those who have helped us, and how simple gestures can go a long way. It certainly made an impact on this veteran's life with deep emotion as can be seen below.